I'm thinking about going back to work.

United States
November 30, 2007 9:23am CST
I don't want to, but I may have to. Finances just aren't doing as well as they should. I am not happy about going back to work, but I will hopefully find a job in a preschool, so I could bring my son with me. I wouldn't be with him all day like I am at home, but at least I can check on him once in a while. Have you ever been in this situation? How do you cope?
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
18 Dec 07
Before my first child was born, I was in the software industry. But I did't want to leave him at home and go to work (I had crazy work hours then). so, I just changed fields and did my course in early childhood education...volunteered at his school when he started pre-school and then started to work at another school when he started full-time school. I agree the pay was quite less than what I used to earn earlier...but I was happy this way because I wasn't putting the family on balance. Now, I'm a stay-at-home mom and plan to join the pre-school when my younger one starts.
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
8 Jan 08
Thanks for the BR. I've worked things out and I will be joining work in June this year and my son will be going to the toddler group.
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I so understand what you're going thru. Our finances aren't as they were before, and I just hate having to worry all the time about money. I've considered going back to work, but my husband doesn't want me to. He says that he'll take another job if he has to. But that isn't fair for me to ask of him. I guess i'll just play it by ear and see how it goes and keep praying that things get better soon. Good luck and hope you make the right decision for YOU and your FAMILY. Just keep in mind that money comes and goes, but your family is the most important thing you have.
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• United States
4 Dec 07
My husband said the same thing at first, but I told him that I don't want that because we would never see him. If I get a night job I would not see my husband much, but at least my son would. Thanks for the understanding.
@magikrose (5432)
• United States
30 Nov 07
We are in that situation right now and what is hurting me the most is I cant work because of a physical ailment. If I could work I most definately would. The only job I can do is a desk job and to get a decent desk job I have to travel an hour away and often times the pay does not compinstae the gas.
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• United States
30 Nov 07
I understand that. I will have to go at least 30 minutes from home, and when you add to that the childcare, will it even be worth it? That's why I hope to get a job where I can bring my son with me, hopefully at a discounted rate.
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@subha12 (18449)
• India
4 Dec 07
thanks God till now i am never in this situation taht i need to go back to work for finances. But i am in job. I think what you are thinking is just right. this way you can earn as well as be there with your son.
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@jalucia (1433)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I've often had to think about would it be more beneficial to go back to work or stay home with my kids. Are you sure that there aren't things that you can't do at home to bring in some extra money? Maybe you could just to do some temp assignments so that you would have a break in between to stay home with your child. Have you thought about the money you would make, the money that you would pay for childcare and if it would really be worth it?
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Sure, I've thought about all of those things. I know childcare and commuting will really cut into my pay. I am still home, and I started this discussion 7 months ago. I have been working on cutting back, tightening our budget, and I have also been earning a little money at home. I do need to earn more, but for now things are working out.
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@cydzzj (356)
• Australia
1 Feb 08
When is the right time to return to work? This is inevitably a bit of a compromise. Go back too early and you'll miss out on the early months with your baby. Leave it too late and you'll be out of touch at work. Many parents have to return at about six months to fulfil maternity leave rights, but many people don't think that this is an ideal time because a baby usually starts showing separation anxiety around this time. Unfortunately, however, you may not have a choice. Whenever you decide to go back to work, make sure you are as happy as you can be with the childcare arrangements that you have made.