Going back to work after maternity leave fills me with dread and sorrow. I’m not looking forward to being away from my daughter missing out on her developmental milestones during the day. I know she will be in good hands looked after by nan, myself and my partner but I’m her mother. I feel that it’s my responsibility to be there for my baby 24/7 no matter how monotonous it feels. If I could I would surely take more time off but I’m not able to. People say that it’s nice to have some time only to yourself, be able to drink a hot cup of tea/ coffee and chat to adults but it doesn’t sound appealing to me. Unfortunately, I’m not elated by the prospect of willingly leaving my baby and running to work with open arms. I might change the way I feel about return to work after maternity leave but now I don’t see anything positive in it.
Life is a journey; I appreciate every experience which has been presented to me. I treat unpleasant life occurrences as challenges. I think that going back to work after maternity leave is a challenge and we all shall see how it turns out to be.
Also, I personally believe that being stay at home parent is more challenging than working full time. Why? Because when you are at home with your offspring you look after them literally making sure they stay alive. You do the housework, run various errands and you do it ALL for FREE. Nobody pays you for raising children or looking after your family. Being at work is not a piece of cake either BUT you get paid and you focus solely on yourself and your career without keeping underage beings safe or alive (unless you work in Early Years).
I don’t condemn parents who return to work early. It’s their call, their life and their children are still loved & happy. Everyone is different and I just happen to have a slightly different point of view. I have waited years to become a mother and I cherish every moment of it.