It's so easy when on maternity leave to have
I'm well aware of the statistics on peoples view of who 'provides', and it probably did slightly impact my choice to return to work earlier than planned. I did miss a lot of the other perks of working, yes believe it or not it isn't all doom and gloom. I got a dinner hour, a WHOLE hour to myself to do whatever I pleased, I spoke to other adults about things that weren't children (although working in childcare, that isn't always the case) but best of all, I got a full wage again. I think over the past nine months I had forgotten just how much of a difference that extra income makes, the margins are huge and I do feel that bit more independent again now I have my working wage back. We head off on holiday in less than three weeks, my wage has meant we are a lot more flexible on what we can do and spend whilst we are away, because who wants to be totally constraint by pennies and pounds when you should be enjoying yourself in the sun? However, it all comes back to the word providing, I realise now that I am bringing in an income again, that I wasn't providing any less when I didn't have that. I don't now believe I provide more for my family. Me and John will always be equal in that respect, we split most things down the middle, from the jobs at home to solo time with the children, we both get out of the house with friends and family and we both put money into the household. We have our parent pact I guess you could say, and we know what works for us. We're both providers, providers in money, care, affection and love.
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