Happy about a layoff...

Lyndsay - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I struggled going back to my 12 hour/week job after 12 weeks of blissfull maternity leave. Then, last week, my position was abolished. I was, in all honesty, thrilled, even though money will be very tight (but doable) for my family of 5 (2 stepkids and one bio)! Now, I hear a very reliable rumor that they are planning to ask me to come back for a 30 hour/week job. I know that the money would be SO helpful, but I have always wanted nothing more than to stay home with my children! Leaving my daughter with a sitter breaks my heart! How do I decide????????

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I would say have an honest, open conversation with your husband and get his feedback. Then I think you would benefit from doing a little research on how much money you would REALLY be making by going back to work (after the costs of daycare, etc.) Most of the time working moms aren't really bringing in that much extra after it's all said and done. In the long run which decision would you regret most? Do you ever see yourself asking "Why did I ever decide to stay home with my kids?" Doubtful :) Obviously I'm of the opinion that being a stay-at-home mom is the best job in the world! There are also creative ways to bring in some extra cash. I clean houses, which is a very profitable business, yet requires very little time away from home, and in my situtation, my husband watches our baby while I work. There are other options! Just use your creativity and do some research and see what you discover! Good luck!!

Erika - posted on 10/21/2009

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