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Before giving birth, I thought it would be easy to return to work. Bub is nearly 6 months and I really don’t know how I’m going to do it. On the flip side, I have 12 months of full time work then I get long service. I know it’s worth hanging in there, but I really need some positive words from those who are or have been in this predicament…


Posted by Statho2000, 15th July 2014


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  • A tough one and a decision you have to make yourself.
    I never returned to work after the children and chose to be a SAHM. My children are my priority at this stage and it’s a honor and blessing to be so close to them.
    You have to weigh your pro’s and con’s yourself and make a decision that suits you and your family. Success with that !

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  • nice exellent

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  • it a a great and exellent story

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  • Everyone needs to make the right decision for them and for their family. I have had to return to work after having each of my children. My daughter was only 3 1/2 months old. My son was 7 months old. But both adjusted really well and I made sure the time we did spend together was quality time and really special.

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  • Its not easy going back to work after having a baby but in the long run its so much better for you and your family.
    Im sure the extra money you get helps the family budget no end, plus i felt that i had a much better relationship with my children as the time we get to spend together is more precious and we arent with them 24/7 as im sure many mums can tell you that have the children full time with give anything for just some time out.
    Good luck im sure your make the right choice for you and your family.

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  • Its not easy and im not sure of what advise to give you. I intended on returning to work when bub was 12 weeks and ended up not returning till he was 4.5yrs. Be strong you can do it.

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  • Its really hard. I managed part-time after my first for two years and then didn’t make it back after my second. All I can say is that I loved being a stay at home mum, but my career suffered and when I tried to go back after six years, my profession was not one I could just get back into. Financially it has been hard and lots of sacrifices have been made. On the good side, I was there for all the school activities, pick ups and general support that has enabled my kids to try lots of sports and activities and they have both done brilliantly at school.

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  • Been there, done that, and it wasn’t easy. BUT thinking about the Long Service Leave kept me going. Sometimes it was all that kept me going, and sometimes I thought “Stuff it, I can’t do this any more”. But when I got the LSL, I was SO damned glad that I’d stuck it out. And you will be too. Hang in there, kiddo, you CAN do this, and you WILL be glad that you did.

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  • You can do it-we all have done it. You’ll spend every moment thinking of her, worrying if she’s eaten ok or if she’s asleep right now, but it will pass. Think of your long service leave as that dangling carrot to keep you motivated.

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  • I work full time and I’m not going to make it sound rosey. It’s hard in the beginning, but us women are born adapters and we learn to multi task much better and more quickly and efficiently than men. It gets easier once you get back into it and have a routine worked out. Being a stay home mum is just as hard, the only difference is with returning to work you have time lines to adhere to. You will work out your own routine and what works for you.

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  • I went back when my daughter was 5 mths old, at first it was tough and I missed her so much, but I rembered what I was going back for.. She is a very social bubbly little girl now, so even though you hate it ,it’s worth it if you need to financially

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  • I personally would hang out until you get your long service as you have earned it and will be of help with fiances as you could put it away as a nest egg for the future in case something raises it’s ugly head
    . All Mothers find it hard to leave their child. May be their is a grandparent whom could after your little one and look at it as bonding time for them and your child

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