This is my first poll. I am really excited to hear your views as this is a subject I have been thinking about a lot.
I know it is very broad and sure I know one answer does not fit all scenarios, of course, but what I am trying to gauge is if people have a leaning, an overall preference or a feeling as to whether going back to work is good for mother and baby or whether staying at home is best.
Somebody recently told me that it is beneficial when mothers go back to work early (within 6 months) as it fosters a healthy independence. It allows the mother to re-carve out a life for herself and it gives baby a chance to make new friends and be influenced by other educators who can bring different strengths to the table. I thought they had a point… and yet my heart still yearns for me to be with my baby as long as I can.
I am sure it varies massively between people but I guess what I would like to get a picture of is your reflections on your own experiences. If you went back to work did you think that was a great think for you and your babe, in the long run, or did you really only do it ‘cos you had to and wouldn’t recommend it to others unless they are financially in need of it.
Conversely, if you chose to stay at home for a year or more do you think that was the best decision ever or did it just make it all the harder to separate yourself out from your baby’s life later. Did your life start to revolve around that of your little one(s) to the point that you lost your own identity and really wished you were back at work sooner?
I don’t know… but would love to get your votes for a quick overview plus I am happy to receive longer answers, too, perhaps get a debate going.
Please vote now!