i work because
it pays the bills, and Sallie Mae and the mortgage people want their money whether I work or not. But i actually enjoy getting out of the house and socializing, and I like what I do. There are many other working moms at my work, so I am surrounded by others in teh same situation, and it helps to be able to talk to them about sick kids, daycare, etc. I also think aside from the germ-y part of daycare, my son has benefited by being around other kids and has learned a lot there - which makes it easier for me knowing he is doing well and having fun while I'm at work.