Will you work FT/PT or be a SAHM?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What is your plan?
    Work Full Time : (106 votes)
    47 %
    Work Part Time (or thereabouts) : (28 votes)
    13 %
    Work from HOME PT or FT : (10 votes)
    4 %
    Be a stay at home mom : (59 votes)
    26 %
    Haven't Decided : (21 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Treejewel19:  You’re missing an option. If one of us needs to stay home with the kid it’s going to be FI; he is so much better with children than I am. I plan to work full time.

    Post # 4
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m undecided like you, and am in a similar boat. I still have a few years of paying off my master’s, so even though I’d like to go back only part time, part of me wants to power through and pay them off. Factor in the insane cost of childcare around here, and I don’t know what’s worse! 

    We shall see.

    Post # 5
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m planning to work full time (or be in school) when we have our first kid then go PT for a few years, maybe get my PhD and be a professor or go back full time once all the kids (3 or 4) are in school. We have free full time childcare so that’s not an issue but I would love to be home with them all the time. We will likely only be getting benefits from my job as FI is an independent contractor so we will have to take that into consideration too. 

    Post # 6
    1959 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I voted undecided but will most likely go back full time.  Luckily in Canada we get a year of mat leave so I will have plenty of time to ‘bond’ with my baby.  After the year is up, we will have both grandmas help out with childcare while we work.  We are blessed to not have to use (and pay for!) daycare.


    Also, my employer has mentioned setting me up to work from home, so I may do half at home/half in the office.


    Post # 7
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Eckle:  Agreed! It makes more sense financially for my FI to be a SAHD because he’s legally blind and thus makes it difficult for him to have a “normal with insurance” 8-5 job. So, he’ll stay with the kids/work from home, and I’ll go off to work to get that sweet, sweet insurance and steady paycheck, haha.

    Post # 9
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I will work full time. I didn;t spend 11 years (so far) building my career just to walk away from it now. I will work 2 days a week at home and Mr. LK will work 1 day a week at home, so our (as yet conceived) LO will only be alone with the nanny 2 days a week.

    Post # 10
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We’re not TTC yet, but we have talked about this extensively. It’s likely that we will split mat leave, and I’ll take the first 6-months, after which my FH will take 6-months. After that, he’ll likely work from home on a part-time or freelance basis for a few years. My FH thinks he can work remotely and fulltime, but I doubt that would be feasible. Freelancing will maintain his contacts and industry skills so he can reenter the workforce once our little one begins preschool.

    Post # 11
    2823 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I want to go back to work full time but my DH would like me to go back part time. I’m still not 100% sure which option I will go with, but I will be working either way.

    Post # 12
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I won’t have a choice really, we each make 50% of the income and we couldn’t pay the bills without both. I commute to downtown though which makes my day 5:30am-6:00 pm from wake up to get home every day so I’d like to reduce that by getting a job closer to home or working from home part time etc… I guess we’ll see!

    Post # 13
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’ll be home after the baby comes, but I plan to do freelance photography/graphic design gigs, and probably teach a dance class or two on the weekends for some extra cash. 

    Post # 14
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I plan on being a SAHM. We’ve discussed it and both agreed it would be best for us. 

    Post # 15
    644 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’ll work full time, I would LOVE to be a SAHM. Not because I think it would be easier or anything like that but because I would much rather spend my time with the baby but financially it’s not smart and I really do love my job so I think I would miss it.

    Post # 16
    4494 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m a freelance illustrator right now, and work’s sporadic for me.  I have dry spells and then weeks where I work long hours and weekends, but I work from home.  I might be a SAHM for the first 6mos-1yr (depending on how it goes w/baby), and then go back to freelancing, at the very least part-time.  Perhaps seek daycare or a nanny when a deadline’s looming.  Or maybe I’ll be a SAHM for longer.  I really can’t say for sure until I actually know what motherhood’s like.

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