Most of my fellow stay-at-home mom friends and I talk about "going back to work"--whatever that means to each of us--once our youngest is in all-day school. Some of us want to, some of us don't but feel we should do it anyway, and some of us are totally undecided. But there seems to be an expectation that once the children are old enough to be gone during the day, at-home moms re-enter the working world.
But Nataly over at Work it, Mom! has an interesting column up right now, with many VERY interesting reader comments, about the exact opposite idea: that perhaps it's even more important/necessary to be home when children are in school than when they're babies and toddlers. I found the comments most fascinating of all, because almost all of them are from moms of school-agers--some working moms, some at-home moms--who confirm this notion from direct experience. The working moms universally lament how much more they feel needed at home now that their children are in school and household life and scheduling has become even more complicated. Click here and check it out.
Food for thought. What do you think?