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Should I go back to work?!?!?!

My baby is now 5 months old. I was laid off on maternity leave and thought I wouldn't be able to survive the SAHM gig, but I adjusted. My husband's salary combined with unemployment should carry us through til September, possibly even December with the extension. I interviewed at a few places and now there's an offer on the table and have never felt so torn in my life! I know in this economy I should be grateful for the offer and take it, but I'm just really conflicted and having a panic attack! I don't want to leave the baby now, but I know I will have to go back to work eventually - within the next 6 months for sure. I know the decision is ultimately mine but I'd like to hear some thoughts and suggestions from stay-at-home and working-moms. Thanks!

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Jun. 23, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • I would stay home as long as possible.

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    Answer by customcat2000 at 1:04 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

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    Answer by rober at 1:07 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • If you do decide to go back my advice is start looking at the job market now! I have been trying to get a second job for 6 months and no one is hiring! Don't wait 'til the last minute.

    Answer by MommyKKay at 2:13 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • The fact that you will have to be a working moms is not an easy one to swallow. In this economy it is quite hard to find a job unless you have a specific skill or education. Just because you have to work does not mean you love your baby less than a SAHM does. There will always be guilt, you will never get around that. Just make the time you do have quality time. What good is a SAHM to your child if there is no home to stay in?

    Answer by salexander at 2:21 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Honestly, your child will need you at home much more in the pre-teen and early teen years. My advice is to go back full time now, and cut to part time or telecommute in ten years.

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:32 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

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