As some of you know I've been considering going back to work. What a emotional struggle this has been for me. I was at the point of needing a MAJOR revelation. Monday I was thinking, I just need to read every talk and article ever written on Mothers and Working. When, I found that that very same day this was posted at Segullah. Did it answer my burning questions? No, in fact it left me feeling even more bewildered.
I counseled with my husband, my mother, numerous women, with various backgrounds, and most importantly my Heavenly Father. I still didn't know if working full-time was what I should be doing. I could see the pro's for both sides.
Working Full Time Pros:
1. Relief of financial stress
2. Start saving
3. Get insurance
4. Use my degree
Staying Home Pros:
1. Less stress
2. More time to keep my house clean
3. Time with Claire her last few months before Kindergarten starts
4. Time to serve in my busy church calling
5. Time to work with the missionaries
As you can see, there are good things about both. We are in a deep hole financially and me working would be a blessing. Yet, would we become dependant on my income? Would it really make a difference after daycare? I have been so torn.
Until. . . I got a phone call this morning. I had been hoping, that I just wouldn't get the job, so I wouldn't have to make the decision-- I knew that wasn't going to happen. I missed the call and had to call them back. I sat there and prayed a little prayer that I would know what to do, and I would be able to feel if it was right.
I just have to bear testimony of a Heavenly Father, who hears and listens to our concerns, who sends people to answer our prayers and bless us. I was offered not only the position I applied for, and didn't feel so right about, but another position that fits me perfectly and my family's needs. It's not so much of a time commitment and I have some time to prepare for it. It will be just enough income and teaching what I love and know.
I took a position teaching as a long term Substitute for a teacher leaving on Maternity leave the end of March/beginning of April. Its 6th grade social studies and one section of reading. I am at peace.
Through this all I have learned from many of you there is no ONE right answer and that we all have to do what is right for our family. What are your experience's being a working/stay at home mom?