Q I’m in a quandary. My first baby is now a few months old and I have very mixed feelings about returning to my full-time job. I do have a date set to return but as it gets closer I’m feeling more anxious and sad. On the one hand we do need the money and I did say that I’d go back to work afterwards. But on the other hand I feel guilty for leaving my baby with a child-minder. I don’t like my job anyway – and if I do have to work I’d much prefer to be doing something I actually enjoy putting my time and energy into like starting my own business.
I don’t want to let my partner down, or my baby, or myself for the future. It’s a big decision and I just keep going round and round with it. My partner says it’s my decision as long as I can contribute financially as before. What do you suggest?
A Clearly I can’t advise you what to do… it’s your life and your decision after all.
It’s hard to make firm decisions about what you’ll do (such as agreeing to go back to work) when you’ll then be in a future role (such as that of becoming a mother). Because you haven’t yet experienced the impact of that new role upon your life and your emotions. [Read more…]