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To admit that I thoroughly enjoy working full time and pursuing a career

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FloozeyLoozey Sat 23-Nov-13 00:23:49

I'm a single parent to 7 year old ds and it seems that if mums work full time, they always have to qualify it with the statement that they are just doing it out of financial necessity and would be part time if they could. I do have to work full-time for the money, but I love it and would do so even if I didn't have to. I work upwards of 42 hrs a week and wouldn't change it for the world.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 23-Nov-13 00:25:01

Good for you!

Ziggyzoom Sat 23-Nov-13 00:25:22


WorraLiberty Sat 23-Nov-13 00:25:58


But why are you seeking reassurance here?

Be confident in yourself and your choices

If you're all happy, the opinions of strangers shouldn't matter a jot.

Merel Sat 23-Nov-13 00:26:30

I think if you enjoy your work you should consider yourself very lucky, as a lot of people really do do their jobs just to pay their bills and have no real passion for it.

Caitlin17 Sat 23-Nov-13 00:29:30

YANBU. I worked full time from son being 8 months.

If you were incredibly rich and/ or posh you'd have a nanny in the early years and child would be at prep schools by now and no-one would make any comment.

Lairyfights Sat 23-Nov-13 00:32:28

You should be proud! Having a career you love doing is something you shouldn't have to justify to anyone. I'm sure your DS is very impressed, and you obviously set a great example of pursuing a career you enjoy. Well done!

Ilanthe Sat 23-Nov-13 00:34:06

I give the impression that I need to work. The reality is that I could give it up tomorrow if I wanted. In fact DH would be delighted if I did. I don't want to. So I haven't.

Jinsei Sat 23-Nov-13 00:41:11

I wouldn't give up work either. I don't always love it (and sometimes I think I'd like to drop to four days a week), but I do get a tremendous sense of achievement from it and I wouldn't give that up. I guess I like to feel that I'm using my skills and that I'm making a positive difference. I also really enjoy the social aspect of work - I have a laugh with my colleagues, and I value that.

I'm in the fortunate position of having a very flexible job that fits around my other commitments. I suppose I might feel differently if I was having to make sacrifices in my personal life. I feel very lucky.

WorraLiberty Sat 23-Nov-13 00:41:32

If you were incredibly rich and/ or posh you'd have a nanny in the early years and child would be at prep schools by now and no-one would make any comment.


That may be true for some, but it's a bit of a sweeping statement I think.

Caitlin17 Sat 23-Nov-13 00:57:27

Worra work has brought me in to contact with very rich and very posh people whose children were boarding by the time they were 7. I doubt very much anyone questioned their parenting skills.

AdoraBell Sat 23-Nov-13 01:04:11


I'd do it if I could.

Don't worry about what anyone thinks or says and just keep enjoying your work.

Zhx3 Mon 25-Nov-13 00:11:59

Good for you!

My favourite was working 4 days per week in a job that I loved, with a boss who totally got the balance between caring for a young family and doing a fulfilling job. Now I'm FT in a job I'm indifferent to, and work-life balance is proving elusive.

Hoping my PT application gets approved.

BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 25-Nov-13 00:27:12

Actually I disagree with those who say 'if you were totally happy with this you wouldn't need approval from a bunch of internet strangers'. I am in the same situation and do feel the need to talk about it despite being happy with my decision. I want others to know that it is OK to feel like this. I want society to know that many of us work because we choose to. As it is, I think a lot of people feel that they must be bad mothers if they chose to go out to work when they could be at home and so pretend they have no choice (as a pervious poster on this thread said). The more of us who are honest that we work because we choose to, the more normal and acceptable this will become.

scurryfunge Mon 25-Nov-13 00:51:56

I agree with Blameit, I love working and was bored shitless on the six months maternity leave I had 20 years ago. I don't have to work if I really didn't want to based on DH's wage but I like working! I respect other people's decisions and appreciate child care can be too expensive to facilitate working but people have to do what is right for their family.

sparklysilversequins Mon 25-Nov-13 00:55:19

Wow! You deserve a medal.

NorthernShores Mon 25-Nov-13 00:58:11

Lucky you. Not many people in work genuinely love it. How fortunate you are.

BrianTheMole Mon 25-Nov-13 01:06:20

Absolutely. I love my job too. Although I know I'm lucky to have a job that I love.

themaltesefalcon Mon 25-Nov-13 06:38:48

I also prefer working and earning money myself.

Tailtwister Mon 25-Nov-13 07:17:05

It's nice to hear from someone who genuinely loves their job. I can't say I love my job by I feel lucky to have it and like the financial freedom it allows me.

CommanderShepard Mon 25-Nov-13 08:16:54

YANBU. It's great that you love what you do!

wordfactory Mon 25-Nov-13 08:30:42

Its great to hear some positive voices from working women. Here in the UK it seems to be accepted that uf women work they are (and should be) full of guilt and self loathing. They must also find the juggling super-hard. This message is extremely prevalent, almost ubiquitous.

Poloholo Mon 25-Nov-13 08:53:06

When I went back from mat leave
FT I got a lot of the head tilted "aw would they not let you go part time?" as there seemed to be an assumption that I would be desperate to drop my hours an go "mummy track". Whereas I was gearing up to go for a promotion.

MammaTJ Mon 25-Nov-13 08:58:30

I loved working when my DD1 was small. I had a great job and the support of my colleagues was invaluable when she was growing up.

I worked 48 hours a week and had amazing cheap child care, for the few hours I actually needed it.

I also worked when my two younger ones were small and enjoyed that.

All of this was because I needed the money! But, yes, I enjoyed it too.

BaileysOnRocks Mon 25-Nov-13 09:11:28

I think it's great that you work and are happy. I am a SAHM to 2 children (6 month and 2.6years)and I feel like I constantly have to justify staying at home to other people and feel I am not taken seriously. I think women feel guilty whatever the do and can get judged on their choices.

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