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Am I crazy to be considering leaving my high paying job to spend more time with my kids (2 & 5mos) in this economy? Is anyone else struggling with this decision right now? I don't want to stay at home full time, but with this career I never see them. I worked so hard to get here, and now all priorities have changed.”

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  • I don't think you are crazy at all. To me, it's about working out what's important to you, and going for your dream. I've written a book that might help you.... 'Riding the Recession in Style'. It will help you take a step back and look at your life to work out what you really want, and then go and get it!. Hope that helps

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by TracyG on 23rd July 2009

  • Not at all. I am thinking about the same thing. If I knew we could afford it, I would do it right now. I am an attorney and have worked so hard to get here but it just doesn't seem as important to me as it used to. I kept thinking that it would get better, attributing my feelings to hormones. My son is now 15 months and I want to stay home with him full time more than ever. If you are financially able to do it, I say go for it. Also, I have been working PT since his birth. It is good because I get to spend more time with him and "stay in the game," BUT I feel like the stress and inconsistency is not worth it for me...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amy on 23rd July 2009

  • Evansmom, I remember struggling with the same decision -- and talking numerous friends through the exact tough spot. If it's any encouragement to quit, I left a six-figure job as CEO of a small ad agency when my son turned one. I started a freelance business from home and earned more in its first year than I had as CEO of my former company. Now that freelance business is a $5 million ad agency -- in an office building about 5 minutes from my son's school.
    When you say you don't want to stay at home full time, what are you thinking you might do? If you're considering starting a company, I've got plenty of free advice! If you're interested, you can see my blog at for some thought starters.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin on 22nd July 2009

  • Thanks everyone, I really need to encouragement! I feel like this is one of the hardest decisions of my life and it shouldn't be.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Evansmom on 22nd July 2009

  • I am in your exact same position. This is my first answer on this site, but I already love this. I used to be so career driven. I have clout and respect at my job which was something that was hard to earn but I've done it. At first I wanted to come back to work right away after my son was born but I didn't take hormones into account. I didn't think I'd want to be at home with a child/baby all day every day, but now its all I want. I am thinking that if I can go part time then that would be a nice middle groud, I just haven't had the guts to discuss this with my boss yet.... if you would like to talk more about this with someone who understands, please message me :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by daisygirl48161 on 22nd July 2009

  • NOT AT ALL! Your kids need you, they will only be young ONE TIME and you can ALWAYS go back to work. You don't want to look back and tell yourself "I wished I had..." If interested in working at home, I started an at home biz a few months back. I am home with my 2 boys ages 5 and 2 and get to earn an income at the same time! Please email me at I would love to answer any questions that you have! Thanks

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Rebecca Bowen on 21st July 2009

  • Is there something you can do part time?
    It is always good to stay in the mix a bit in case you need to jump back in.
    If you and your SO are agreed, then go for it, life is to short and they are only young once.
    Just dont get in a hole you cant get out of.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by DebR on 20th July 2009

  • You'd only be crazy if sacrificing your job would lead to you not being able to provide for your family. Otherwise, if it's what you want to do, it's what you should do.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Phe on 20th July 2009