It looks like I may be in line for a promotion (potentially my boss's job) when I return to work after my maternity leave. Trouble is, I don't know if I want one? I have already been stressing about how I am going to manage getting the children to school and nursery once I am back in work, and extra responsibility will just make things even more stressful. However, the other option is that I turn down the promotion, someone else gets it, and I potentially lose a quite cushy situation as my current boss lets me have a lot of autonomy and flexibility. I work part-time, and he has been very accommodating of changes in hours etc. AIBU to turn down the promotion?
If it's a job that you would have jumped at before you had children, then you should give it a go. If it doesn't work out, then re-think it then but it would be a shame to miss out based on what might happen. You may well surprise yourself
Take it. There will be ways to make it work, and it sounds as if your boss is really accomodating. I know what you mean though - I was covering for my manager before she went on leave - the week I was going on my own maternity leave, she announced she wasn't coming back and so her job will be mine when I return next year. I know that there will be more to juggle with 2 DC's, but the fact that they still want me to have the job, knowing I am off, etc, is hugely encouraging.
Even if you don't take this job, presumably you will still be working, so the logistics will be the same - and the senior position may give you even more flexibility.
JemL - you seem to be in a very similar position to me. One of the main issues is, I will be replacing my boss, and he will be moving to a completely different branch of the business. So I will effectively be going it alone. I suppose it isn't just the childcare logistics - I think I've got the kind of 'baby-brain', 'will I ever be able to operate in a world of adults again', kind of panic!!!