I am lucky enough that my partner gets a decent income, so I do not need to work. However, being constantly at home can get boring, so when my daughter started preschool, I became a volunteer at their school. I worked there for 3 years, 2-4 hours a day, 4 days a week, until the end of 2002. When they started back at the beginning of 2003 I was 7 months pregnant, so decided not to go back, as I didn't want the younger kids to get used to me around, then get upset when I had to leave. My time is now busy with my very active almost 9 month old little boy, and I'm loving it. I love the fact that I am home when my other kids come home from school, and if we are still financially stable when my baby starts preschool, I will again become a regular volunteer at school once again. School's really appreciate all their parents help and it allows me to see my kids learning environment, and how they learn, so that I can help them correctly with their homework. The way they learn now, is totally different to the way we learn, so if any of you are thinking of teaching your kids to write the alphabet (when they are old enough), please see you local school or preschool to get the correct way of writting. This will prevent any confusion and tears when they start grade one or preschool and learn to write. My first son had to learn how to write the alphabet all over again, because I taught him to write it the way I had learnt. He was very upset and confused. Anyway, wether you work or not, doesn't reflect on how good a parent you are, so all, keep up the great work!
Mother of 3, Qld