Is it hard going back to work?

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm due to go back to work I'm one month. I work in a finance office, and i will spend my time at work in a office with clients. I was initially going to go back to work part time (25 hours per week, over 4 days). Although their have been some staff changes at work and my boss has asked me weather i would like to go back doing 5 days (32 hours). It is a different position and will be a more money. I just don't know whether 5 days a week is to much. I don't know whether i will cope with a stressful day of work and then a unhappy baby at night.......i would like to take the new position but will it affect my son????

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Karen - posted on 02/01/2010

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Yes, it's hard returning to work, but it's harder not having enough money to pay bills and live comfortably. If you're not a single mom, and if you and your partner can agree on you staying home longer, then great! But don't feel guilty if you need to go back for more money, or because you're just plain bored. An unhappy mother makes an unhappy baby, not a daycare. I think that the key, though, is having good childcare arrangements. I hated going back to work, but I had to for financial reasons. But my Family Day Care Home provider is a nice old woman who cuddles and loves on my baby just as I do, so I don't worry as much.

Angela - posted on 01/29/2010

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I recently went back to work after 3 1/2 months off. It was great for me the first week when my husband stayed home to care for baby! I made it to wednesday of the second week before taking time off again. I had a back-up daycare planned for 3 weeks before her permanent daycare started and well, that daycare wasn't so good in my opinion. Anyway, I'm going back to work again on monday and am looking forward to it since I feel really comfortable with the daycare we've now chosen. Also, i work with good people, have my own office to pump. My boss has kids and enjoys them. I also work with clients but I can get pumping done in between. Work is stressful but I try to keep stress down and not worry about things I can't control. My family is my first priority but it helps my self-worth when I work. It's also nice for you and your baby to take breaks apart from each other, as long as baby is in good hands when you're away. Everyone is different. Do what is best for you and your family. You have to take care of yourself too. and only you know how you feel and what you can handle.

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