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Should you give up your career to raise your children?

by Happy Mom (follow)
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Work? Or become a stay-at-home mother? What is best for you as a parent? Is career important enough to leave children in care? Or is being at home more important for the children's upbringing? Can a career be maintained at the same time as fulfilling the emotional requirements of children? These are difficult questions facing young parents. What is your opinion?

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It is something for the parent to decide. Some mothers are able to balance a little bit of work (it would need to be very part-time) with being a stay at home mum. It all depends on the woman's values, as well as the family budget.
I wonder if there is a difference in the upbringing of a child whose parents work (both of them) as compared to those children who have a parent at home.
I partially agree with Justine. I think it's one of those tough questions that have many different answers all depending on the household situation. I think if the mother makes that choice of staying home (or getting a part-time job), her career ambitions take a back seat, and that is where I am having issues.
It's a tricky question and wholly influenced by personal situation. For some families it can be influenced by money and the fact that two incomes are needed, or similar in the case of a single mum who also might need to work. It could also be influenced by the needs of the child for example if you're child was born with a disability of some kind, this can mean that returning to your career can go on the back burner. When affordability and other factors are out of the equation it then comes down to personal choice. Perhaps your qualifications and training took ten years to acquire and a career break is just not an option? Or perhaps you feel like motherhood is your new career. It's a tricky one but one which I feel is a very personal choice. Regrettably whilst a personal choice, it seems to be one that you'll be judged on either way. Oh, you're a stay at home mum? Oh, you're children are in day care all the time? You can't win really.
Unless one is really ready to commit to looking after a child, then its not time to have any.

Children are too precious to just have as an accessory....The saying you can''have it all'' is dead wrong.

Your child needs you...no one else.

If you need the money, then part time is better.....try working from home!
Many people have done it, and become successful.
At the end your child should come first, or wait until you feel you can afford to stay home, till later.

Children. You can continue your career after they've started school.. Come on, it's only 6 years!!

I don't think this can be a simple yes or no answer.
Nowadays both parents sometimes need to work in order to even have children, so I think it is something that each family must decide for themselves.
Basically I don't think parents should both work as soon as they have a child, but then again, how long should they wait?
by Finy
If you want to.
by Vee
No, is this day and age it's a poor excuse to say you have to give up work because you've had kids, it is more or less expected of you by other members of society. It is the womans choice whether she wants to give up work or not.
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