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Considering going back to work full time - am I insane?

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m0therofdragons Sun 26-Jun-16 21:53:37

I currently work 30 hours a week so dh (who works 37.5 hours) takes 3 dc to school every day and picks up one day. I pick up the other 4 days. This has been working well and has been in place since January (previously I did 20 hours). I'm loving my job and am thinking about going for a promotion that I feel ready for and would mean a lot more money. It would have to be full time though and dc are only 8 and 5 (just finishing reception). They've had me at home for 3 years as I worked freelance but minimal work from home to keep my hand in and I do feel lucky to have had that time. It's a good balance currently but now this opportunity is here I can't help be excited but also selfish and I worry the dc will look back and think I didn't spend enough time with them.
Dh is supportive but people are generally shocked I have 3dc and work the 30 hours so I'm wondering if I'm being totally mad to consider it. Any thoughts?

ReluctantCamper Sun 26-Jun-16 22:00:58

Only you can know if it's right for you and your family. lots of people (including me!) balance home and work, and their kids are fine.

On a practical note, are there ways you can mitigate the extra time at ŵork? Could you get a cleaner/gardener/use a slow cooker so when you are there you can have quality time?

cheminotte Sun 26-Jun-16 22:03:34

Are you sure you would have to go full time? Is it worth asking if they would consider less than full time? Do you currently work from home or could that be an option.

m0therofdragons Sun 26-Jun-16 22:11:03

It's definitely full time. Previous employee tried to reduce his hours and they said no which is why he's leaving. With everything going on I think it's ft in the office with flexibility to work from home if dc were ill etc but not as a regular thing. We have a cleaner but would probably increase that. Dc have hot dinners at school so tend to have some cooked evening meals and some tea type meals. Love my slow cooker. I do feel that having got dc through reception it's doable but realistically they would miss after school clubs unless I can find a very flexible cm.

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