As my maternity leave winds down, I am thinking about all the reasons why I am going back to work. Could I stay home? Yes, I could. I am very fortunate that both my husband and I have great careers. His would allow me to stay home and make some slight adjustments to our lifestyle, but for me, it is important to go back to work. It is important for many reasons. I love spending time with my kids, I have especially loved being at home with them the past 2.5 months and I am going to miss these moments with all of my heart and it will be hard at first, but I am going back and here are some of the reasons.
I want to be a role model for my children. I want my daughter to know you can have career and family. You can be an amazing mommy while still achieving your personal goals. You can do it all! I want my son to know the same thing, a woman can work and be an amazing mommy. It should be her choice and you should support, encourage and assist her in whatever decision she makes.
I worked too hard to stop working. I went to college, I got my MBA, I worked my butt off to get where I am and while I am now a little comfortable at work, I am still working on moving forward in my career. I do not want anyone to take my education and experience away from me.
I want my kids to have it all. I want them to have a college savings plan with enough money in it to allow them to go off to school if they chose. I want to take them on amazing vacations. I want them to live in a nice, comfortable home. I want them to always have a roof over their head, food to eat, and never have to struggle to provide them with things in life. We are not rich by any means, but yes, I want my kids to have nice things and to be able to provide these things for them.
I want to continue to allow my mom the opportunity to spend all of this time with her grandkids as their nanny. We have to pay her to be able to do this since she retired early so this is both an amazing gift to her and my kids that my husband and I are providing.
These are some of the reasons why in 2 weeks I am going back to work.