23 August 2016

Returning to work: when is the right time?

After having a baby, going back to work may seem like a daunting thought. Our new parents discuss what it was that impacted their decision to go back to work, and the pressures that they felt when they had returned.

Starting a family - returning to work

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How did you handle returning to work?

Mum: With a baby, having your own business it is tiring.

Dad: It is.

Mum: I had to go back to work at 7 weeks, and the reason I had to do that is because otherwise I would lose my clients. So it was about finances but also it was about obviously if I lost my clients and then when I went back to work after say 7 months I would have no clients to go back to.

Dad: I was back within a couple of days. You know the pressure was definitely on, because, you know I wanted to be with the family, but at the same time the business needed me. Yes, I did feel a lot of pressure.

How did childcare affect your decision to return to work?

Mum: Childcare costs are bigger than I expected.

Dad: Childcare, definitely.

Mum: We fell in love with one nursery, which happened to be, sort of more expensive than all the others. But it’s a lot of guilt as a mum, because people’s reaction when you say I’m back at work or I’m going back to work is like... I think that he’s a lot better off because I went back to work so early and he got used to being with different people. In some ways going back to work was a little bit of nice light relief, because it’s very difficult changing nappies, like a constant stream of nappy, milk, nappy, milk.

What would you do differently next time?

Dad: I think I would make sure things are in place more, to be honest.

Mum: Was that a should have planned it a bit better comment again?

Dad: Rebecca was right, yeah.

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