Hi….Just feeling the mum guilt! I have had to start back at work earlier and have placed my son into daycare, he started at 7 months, I guess I am just after other mums who have been in a similar position. I started a new job and the staff are great but the job seems like it will be stressful LOL just to add more stress to my life. My son loves daycare and the staff treat him so nice and he eats and plays and has a great time, I just feel guilty.

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  • I wasn’t in this situation, but i believe ; It is great that you have a good day care and that your son is happy. It is also really important that you can maintain your own identity and career. It is something that is really hard to get back after being a stay at home mum for years. If it is too much, perhaps you could reduce your work days?

  • It’s so good that your son loves and enjoys daycare. That makes it a bit easier. There are a lot of mums out there who have to put their little ones into childcare quite early.

  • It’s pretty normal to feel this way – it does get better after a while. Focus on the fact your son is happy!

  • I found that my son who I had to start in daycare even earlier than you have done was far more resilient than his siblings and that continued throughout his life, so do stop feeling guilty. He is enjoying himself and he will be better off because of your actions once he starts school.

  • If he is happy & well he will thrive. I’s natural to miss him and feel guilty but you will settle down. You are doing this to provide for him.

  • There is no need for guilt. Providing for a family is important. Never waste energy on guilt. Enjoy your time with your child and know that you are doing your best.

  • You’re doing an amazing job hun. Your little guy is happy and well looked after because super mum is getting stuff done. The guilt is hard to ignore, but I hope you’re also feeling proud of yourself for everything you’re achieving.

  • I had to go back to work after 6 months and i was worried about my daughter but she has really thrived having gone to daycare. I started her part time and by the time she was 3 i had to return to work full time. The carers were great and she made some long lasting friendships. I had really bad mum guilt but it was so good for her and really helped with the next step of going to school.

  • Thank you so much :) so kind for you to reach out :) currently at work with a smile now :) all the best xx

  • Hey wonder_mum, sending you virtual hugs! Totally understand the mom guilt – starting a new job and daycare can be overwhelming. Remember, you’re providing a great life for your son, and daycare can be so beneficial for socialization and development. You’re doing an amazing job!

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