Checklist: Working Mom vs. Stay at Home Mom
Struggling to decide whether to return to work? Ask yourself these questions:
[ ] Can you work out a realistic budget, factoring in either the loss of your salary or the cost of childcare?
[ ] How will the loss of your salary and benefits affect your tax bracket and insurance coverage?
[ ] If you stay home, will you chafe at a 1950s-esque division of labor? (Think hard about this one.)
[ ] How does your partner feel about the matter?
[ ] Do you have parents or other family members or friends nearby who can help you care for baby?
[ ] Outside of work, do you have ample opportunities for adult interaction and social connections?
[ ] Will you be able to stay intellectually stimulated without work?
[ ] If you stay home now, will you want to return to work later? How will your career progress be affected?
[ ] Will you be able to function at work on a significantly reduced amount of sleep?
[ ] Do most your friends with children stay at home or work? How would you feel about choosing a different route?
[ ] Right now, is your work more about the money or the ambition?
[ ] What — if any — are your realistic options for childcare?
 How much do you expect your partner to contribute to baby’s care?