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Subject: Re: How do you (working parents) do it? Date: 1/4/2009 10:43 PM
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Working and parenting is certainly a challenge, but I feel that being a SAHM is likely no easier, just different, and it's best to know based on your temperament which route is better for you.

In my case, I went back to work 32 hours a week (Mon-Thurs) after my 12 week FMLA time was up, and I really like this arrangement. It gives me a day of flexibility to take care of errands or to make up time when my daughter is sick, and gives me three straight days to spend time with her. It also gives me a chance to take a break, have adult conversation, and do things that challenge and interest me in other ways.

When I come home I have a lot to do, but I have more perspective and patience. I also find that my husband and I split housework better now that I am at work. He could never quite understand why I could barely manage the baby let alone other stuff those first few months ("But you've been home all day!").

I should really add the caveat that we had my mom nad my MIL stay with is for six months each, so talk to me again after a few months of daycare :).

In any case, could you arrange any work schedule modifications for a while? Every bit helps, and it gives you a chance to have continuity at work without losing your mind. Just another option to consider when you make your decisions.
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