Well, it’s official! Hunter is going to Daycare in three weeks time and I have decided to go back to work! It was by no means an easy decision. I always knew that Hunter should go to Daycare at least a couple of days a week after he turned one so that he could learn to socialise with other babies and adults without his mummy doing what I do best – hovering. But, the question was whether or not I would return to work straight away…We are so fortunate that Jackson’s work here in Canada means that financially I don’t have to go back to work . This wouldn’t be the case if we moved back home to Australia however so we thought that while we are here, I wouldn’t work but rather be at home with Hunter and finish my Master’s degree in Strategic Organisational Development (HR). This was a good plan – I was happy with this plan! Until I started to think about our future in 10 years time…Yes, Jackson would probably be a Driller or Rig Manager meaning great money – but what about when all the kids are in school all day? What do I do besides the housework etc? Volunteer? That would be an option but what if I wanted to go back to work? I would have been out of the workforce as a stay at home mum for the past 10 years? I wouldn’t be current in terms of HR. I also started to think about the fact that we might have a little girl one day and what lessons I want to teach her. I want her to know that it would be HER CHOICE to stay home with her children (if she wanted them) or go back to work. Part of me did worry that she might not understand what mummy did before I had babies and that my duties and capabilities are limited to household duties…which we all know there is more to being a stay at home mum – but as a child – she wouldn’t understand that.
I want my children to see both parents working to provide and care for our family and that nothing in life is free – you have to work hard for the money. It may only be a part time role that I return to – and it may be a fairly low key position within HR – but It will mean so much more than just extra income. It will mean I will get a little bit of independence back. I will get some ‘me time’ where I am not just Jackson’s wife and Hunter’s mummy. I will get back a piece of my identity. I appreciate so much that Jackson works so hard for us that I have the choice to do this and he supports me 110% in my decision to do so. I want to stay relevant – I want to stay active in the world around me and I want my children to see that you can do both – you can stay at home with children and be extremely happy and it can work so well for your family or you can go back to work and have a great work/family balance too. I have so much respect for any mother – whether they work full time, part time or whether they are able to stay home with the kids. Every decision is difficult and needs to fit in with the needs of your family and it is such a personal decision to make.
I have such mixed emotions about looking for a job and returning to the workforce – excited for new challenges, anxious about whether the baby brain has replaced my actual brain, emotional about Hunter going to daycare and me not having him with me every second of every day but most of all I am just excited for what the next few years holds for us…whether that’s a new job, a new country or more babies! (Here’s hoping!)