In this economy is it best to take a few years off your career to raise children
May 21, 2009 10:44pm CST
We have all worked hard to earn that spot on the career ladder. Many of us dream, want, desire and anticipate having a family. I am torn about leaving a career I have established over the last 12 years but do want to spend all the time I can with my children before they are all grown. When the economy was stronger it seemed possible to leave the career for a few years and likely have the carer to return to. In light of the current economic situation this may no longer be possible. To take time off or not?
• United States
23 May 09
I don't think you should. Since you've been building for 12 years, perhaps you shouldn't stop now. Maybe you can devote a little less attention to your career, and slow down a bit, but do not stop. I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but it's best not to take some years off, because it may be hard for you to hop back into the swing of things. Is there a way you can cut down on hours? Or, telecommute so you can stay at home? It seems to me like you have been doing a job in your career, so, maybe you can find a happy medium between work and your children.
• United States
22 May 09
NOT - unless, of course, you feel financially secure enough to not have a job, and have someone else who can support you. In my opinion, it's a crucial time to have a job - and if you aren't hurting because of this economy, then you could at least put what you save into a college savings plan for your children or something like that.