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I decided that because I wanted to spend as much time with my DC whilst they are little and financially we could just about manage I would go part time and cut back on all my responsibilities. I love being at home and know that when my DC are older I can increase my hours and again look for more responsibilty.
However you have to do what is right for your family - financially and emotionally.
When I return to work I will be doing so pt. It has been a hard fought battle to get this, I have had to give up my TLR in a role that I adored and had worked hard for and it will be v tight financially.
But do you know what? I couldn't leave them ft. I briefly returned ft after DC1 and found it horrible being away 5 days a week.
I am willing to make the career/financial sacrifice because sadly, you can't really have it all.
I'm full time and love my job, but have decided that I need to make a sacrifice, and obviously it's not my children and family life that us being sacrificed. I have to go back part time, and if I can't have that in my current school (which love and seriously don't want to leave) then I'll have to go elsewhere. It's too hard to manage and it's at the detriment of my children. The house is upside down, and they're exhausted all the time from being in full time childcare (I have two under threes)