This isn't a boast post just a dawning realisation..... I have one DC who is 10 months old and I've just gone back three days a week and I'm the happiest I've been for ages. I'm getting the intellectual stimulation and adult company I need and feel like I'm actually doing my job well. I also get four days a week on mummy duty. I guess I'm posting this because I was dreading returning to work and leaving my LO and I want to reassure those in a similar boat it can be OK. I know I'm fortunate that I can (JUST) afford it and work have been very accommodating and not everyone has this option.
I worked PT for as long as I felt I could financially. FT since then has been a disaster for various reasons, and I have my sights on a 3 days a week post and to hell with the money. PT is great and I think more people, men and women, parents and non-parents, should consider it.