Work After Baby
Many New Parents Struggle with the Choice
After the little bundle of joy arrives and maternity or paternity leave starts drawing to an end, many new moms and dads are faced with choosing whether or not having a parent stay at home or return to work is best for their family. I know I felt a strong pull to quit my job and make maternity leave a permanent venture, though I did return to work.
This page is meant to be an interactive debate where we can learn and grow from each other. I believe this is an extremely personal decision and there is no right or wrong side of the fence to be on. There is no one size fits all answer so to speak. However, it's still a choice that can be an extremely difficult one to make for any number of reasons. Having information and recommendations from real people may help guide someone into making the best decision for themselves and their family.
Bonding with baby is so important in those early months and it can be crushing to return to work after a leave of absence, allowing daycare to take over your daytime parenting role. In the same respect leaving work may be a set back to your career or financial well being, and even more so if you take an extended leave for the first few years of the child's life.
For every Pro in one direction you're met with a Con in the other. Please help us hash out a good Pro and Con list on this family and life changing subject.
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The Pros & Cons of Staying at Home
Focus on the advantages, special experiences, and memories that would not have been created if you had no made the choice to be a stay at home mom or dad.
Focus on the not so great or annoying aspects of not returning to a career after baby.
The Pros & Cons of Returning to Work
Focus on the advantages, special experiences, and memories that would not have been created if you had not made the choice to return to work. Are you a do it all Careerwoman and a Supermom? How do you make it work?
Focus on the bad or downside to being a working parent? Do you feel like you miss out on certain aspects of home life?
What was your choice?
We've worked through the Pros and Cons - Lets take a side on work after baby
Which type of parent are you and why did you make that choice?
Stay at Home Dads - Are becoming more prevalent
Resources to add to the conversation - Can one really find the right balance?
- Balancing Work & Motherhood: a momversation
Real mothers talk about the struggles and guilt they deal with when putting their careers before their kids.
- Is this the end of the stay-at-home mother? | Life and style | The Guardian
Viv Groskop talks to mothers who still choose to stay at home, others who are glad that they did - and those who regret having done so.
- 40 Tips to help achieve work/home balance
Wondering how to create a better morning routine, stay involved in your child's life while you're at work or make the most of your evenings at home? Get tried-and-true advice on ways to juggle work and family from other working moms.
- Stay at home parenting can be beneficial for children and you
Find out the pros and cons of staying at home with your child.
If life were easy, and there were no what if's... - if only...
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Which choice would you make, if there were no cons in staying at home or working?
Thank you so much for participating in this debate. I hope it will help parents trying to decide what will be best for their families and give them food for thought to lead them in the right direction.