Why bother having kids in the first place?
Some mothers are lucky enough to stay home with their children. It’s in no way easy. In fact, in many ways it’s the hardest job in the world. I did it for a few years and found it draining, exhausting and isolating.
Other mothers have to return to work to support the family financially, the cost of living these days is just so hard that two incomes is often necessary.
That aside, what I don’t understand is the mothers that return to work on a full time basis and have little to no financial gain to show for it.
My friend is one of these mothers.
She has four children under 5. That’s rough, you can’t deny it. They are all good children though. Run of the mill, stock standard nice kids. But children by nature are tiring.
Since they were all very small babies they have attended daycare. I always assumed that it was because she needed to return to work (like a lot of us) to pay the bills.
Recently though, she told me that after the cost of daycare for the three of them and travel expenses to and from work, she has nothing to show for working five days a week.
Pardon? I was shocked. Surely, if there is no financial gain to be had from returning to work, you would rather stay home with your children and enjoy the time you can while they are young?