When I was the mother of one, I chose to work part time. It was very easy to return to my pre-child employment. My job had been protected under the Paid Parental Leave Legislation and my employer was happy for me to return part-time. Finding childcare was a little bit tricky, but we got there.
Now I am a mother of three I am stay at home mum. This is immensely rewarding and a choice I have made. Financially it's not easy, in fact at times it appears that we are going backwards. Especially when we take holiday we can't afford. In the near future I will need to find some paid work to supplement things.
For me, thinking about returning to even a small amount of paid work is a bit daunting. Raising munchkins and managing the lives that make up a household is full time work in itself, and any mother who also works outside the home is an amazing superwoman in my humble opinion.
Finding the time to fit work is only part of the battle too. Even if you can find the time to work, its not easy finding decent part time work. There aren't a lot opportunities out there. Many organisations prefer full time employees or require part timers to work 30 hours. And making work work for you, as a working parent, is a juggling act. Finding the right amount of hours to fit with the right amount of childcare or in school hours is quite a balancing act.
Not many mum's return to the same hours or role they had before they had kids. Many tackle dilemma's of financial demands, maintaining their career trajectory or keeping their brain stimulated in different ways. Some of course do work full time, some were the primary 'breadwinner' but others just choose to (I reckon these women work the hardest out of any of us). But many mums do it differently after kids. Some mums retrain or study something new. Some move into another field altogether. Some embrace their entrepreneurial side start up a new business (or two). What about you - have you done things differently since you had kids?
Mother of three small boys