Post # 1
Ive been thinking about quitting my job once I have a child for 18mo. My reasoning is that im only going to do this once, I have no family to watch baby during the day (theyd be at daycare 9+ hrs a day), and montessori school starts at 18mo. Ill have my MBA by then and will be (god willing) 28/29, so it shouldnt affect my prospects in the future too much.
What about you?
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Post # 2
I made what was a very difficult decision for me, and left a job I enjoyed to stay at home with my baby. It was a huge adjustment. But I just couldn’t put him in daycare. I do miss my old job and my coworkers, but I don’t regret my decision. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it was right for our family.
I say go for it. Like you said, it won’t have much impact on your career. And they’re only that young once.
Post # 3
2-3 years ideally. Realisitically, maybe up to a year (my company allows for 1 year leave) and then part time, 27 or 36 hours (we work 9 hr days, and 8 hrs every other Friday, so I’d like to work 3 or 4 9 hr days a week). We’ll have to crunch numbers and come to an agreement on this.
Post # 4
6-9 months. I started working from home part time around 8 weeks with my first because I was super bored and getting depressed.
Post # 5
I would like to be home with them until they go to kinder/school, but in reality I will probably be home with them until the youngest is 2. We are hoping to have them back to back, but who knows what will happen.
Post # 6
I’ll be getting about 9 months of maternity leave with my baby (starting on WEDNESDAY, omg). I think I would go completely nuts without working, so I’m planning to work from home as soon as I feel ready, probably around 2-4 months, starting part-time at first.
Post # 7
I think I’d want a good 9 months to a year and then go back to work part time (in my ideal world). I already know that I simply cannot return to my current job in its full capacity after we have a baby. I’m a personal assistant and I work all the time; nights, weekends, texts at odd hours. It simply would not work and I’d never see my baby. If they offer me a part time role, then I’d consider it, but otherwise, I’d quit and try to find a new role that’s less stressful and has more set hours.
We are super fortunate that we can afford for me to stay at home full time, but I feel like I’d go stir crazy…though it’s hard to know until you are in that situation.
Excited To Bee:
Definitely sounds like a good plan and I agree, you only get to do this once,
Post # 8
I’m from Ontario and we get one year (17 weeks maternity and 35 weeks parental which can be taken by mom or dad or a combination), but in an absolutely ideal world I would go back part time at 24 hours a week and work three days. Right now that opportunity would not exist at my current position. They need someone full time.
Post # 9
Excited To Bee:
i would love to have stayed home with my daughter for the first year, however, financially it was not doable. So i went back after 18 weeks off. Same thif will happen if we have a 2nd baby. Once we have a house, ill be able to work part time
Post # 10
Mu fairytale would be until they started school, but realistically probably 10-12 months. We can’t afford for me to not work for that long and Australia has a good maternity pay for most of that time.
Post # 11
I stayed home until my son was 18 weeks and that was perfect, if not a little too long. I love my job and desperately missed adult interaction. At 18 weeks, my son was sitting up and was active and playful, so I knew he would be great at daycare because he would have people interacting and stimulating him all day. I made an awful Stay-At-Home Mom (especially because it was during a particularly brutal winter so we were trapped inside a lot) and we were both much happier once we were able to get out and socialize with our peers!
Post # 12
I’d love 9-12 months, but between short-term disability and FMLA, I’ll only get 3…
Post # 13
A year would be perfect. Realistically, I’m looking at 4, maybe 5 months, about half of it unpaid (6 weeks of paid maternity leave plus whatever paid vacation days I’ve managed to save up, I’m hoping at least 3-4 weeks).
Post # 14
I would say 6-9mo. Maybe a year but I might go crazy before then, I am not Stay-At-Home Mom material. Definitely would say 6mo as a minimum.
Post # 15
Ideally, I’d have a full 6 months off and then spend the next 3-6 months slowly weaning myself away from home. Ideally, I’d just add another work day every month until I was back to full time.
Realistically, when we do have kids, I’ll take 3 months and then move to working part-time.