I sort out wound up a stay at home mum through odd circumstances. I had been in my job for several months when I very very unexpectedly fell pregnant. At the 20 week scan, I had some complications requiring a weeks stay in hospital, and the end of which I was told not to go back to work til after bubs was born. I did not hear anything at all from any of my work collegues or bosses until I received an appalling letter saying as bubs was due one week before my one year anniversary with the company I was not entitled to any form of paid or unpaid maternity leave, and if I did not return to work basically as soon as bubs was born they would not hold my job, plus I would have to pay back a months worth of wages… The shock of this letter actually triggered further complications! I did not know what to do or how to respond, so I kind of just left it. After bubs was born, it just all seemed so irrelevant, and I really did not want to work for someone who would treat me like that, so I just let it go. I never heard from them again….
Since then my husband quit his job and started his own business, so was home a lot more for her first year. Sadly the business started going a bit badly, so he has just started work full time again, but he would much prefer I stay at home with her.For us, she was so unexpected that she just seems far more important than earning a quid. I would rather go without all the treats – dinners, holidays etc, as to me she is worth that sacrifice.
I can truly understand Mums going back to work as they have no other choice financially, but when it is to support a fancy lifestyle I do not see the good in that!
Posted by katelt, 16th April 2013