(Closed) Moms: mWorking 3 days a week vs. 4 days a week?

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 2
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hate to tell you this, but you won’t really know until you try it. Some women find that they love taking care of a baby and some women find that they’re happier working. I was the second type, but what also made a difference for me is how many days in a row I was home. For me, 3 days taking care of the baby in a row was exhausting, but if I worked MWF and then had TTH to be home, I would have been happier. So that might be something to consider. 

If you have to make the decision now, I guess it depends on how you perceive your career long-term. With a lot of careers, it’s difficult to leave and come back–not impossible, but an extra hurdle. Just be aware of that. 

Post # 3
3276 posts
Sugar bee

I work 4 days a week now due to our child care situation.  I find it hard to get into any routine on the one day as it’s just not enough time. 

In an ideal world I would do 3.  But it also depends on how much you need the income for that extra day per week,  your child care situation, and about 100 other factors.

Post # 4
9093 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

if you are the one to carry medical benefits, do you have to work a certain number of hours a week to qualify?

also, can you work longer hours for 3 days to make up income for the 4th day.

i don’t have the option of working part time, but my mom will be our nanny when i go back to work.  currently i work 8 hours/5day. but thinking of switching to 4x5x9 (which is 9 hour days 4 days a week, 1 day 8 hour/week and one day off the other week.)

Post # 7
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What is your daycare situation going to be like?  I think that makes a differenc.  Also what’s the schedule like?  Is it a m-w-f situation or 3-4 days in a row?

Post # 9
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I started back (near) full time after I had DS with 2 days a week working from home.  Those 2 days DS goes to daycare in the afternoon and I get to keep him home with me in the mornings.  So it’s not 100% full time, maybe about 35 hours a week.  I am finding it is not enough time with him and i am dropping down to 4 days a week come spring time.  I really enjoy working & it gives me a break from taking care of a baby.  Working from home is great, but I find my time with him is confined.  While I get to spend extra hours with him, we’re stuck to the house because I try and work during his morning nap and then I work in the afternoons while he is at daycare.  


Taking at least 1 day to yourself will allow you mommy and baby time during a time that doesn’t traditionally (if your Darling Husband works M-F 9-5) take time with your husband away as well.  I am excited to start taking my son to music class, to the beach, etc. on our Fridays.  


You won’t know what works for you until you try it.  

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