Theresa - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I am a young mother of two. I also have a full time job but am currently on maternity leave with my second boy.
My oldest has been attending a daycare center since I went back to work in Feb 2009. It's a brilliant place, and has actually been voted the best Daycare Center in Scotland 2008/09. I never thought anything about it before, because in my mind I was going to work and earning a living to help with the support of my kids. Then when I got pregnant again I had some complications due to stress at work and almost lost my youngest son. I went off sick early but continued to send my oldest to daycare as he loved going there.
I have now had my baby, Sam, and he is almost 4 months old. The time is coming when I need to start organizing things to go back to work. But over the Christmas holiday I had Nathan at home with myself and Sam and he was an angel. I thought it would be really hard being at home alone with both of them, but it was ok. Not plain sailing, but it was manageable. My partner works away too so a lot of the time I am here on my own.
What I want to know your opinion about is whether I should send them both back to daycare and go back to work. The last few days when I have sent Nathan back to Daycare he has looked so unhappy when I have picked him up. And in the morning when I ask him if he wants to go he now says 'No.' When he used to be eager to get ready.
And that means if I don't send them back, I should be a stay at home mum. What do you guys think? Is it better to be home with your kids or to be at work?