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Missing the part-time work

After my daughter was born, I was able to take a 4-month (mostly unpaid) LOA and return to work at 20-hours per week during her first year. I had agreed to return to full time after she turned 1. The part-time option was perfect. I was able to continue advancing my career AND spend time with my daughter. By the time my son was born 2 years later, however, the economy had taken a downturn, and the part-time option was no longer available. I feel guilty that I spend so much time away from my kids, and I really wish I that I could reduce my hours. Financially, I don't absolutely HAVE to work, but the extra income is greatly welcome, and I think I am a better mom when I can spend some time away from them pursuing my own things - but 40 hours per week is just too much time away.
—AmyNorth Carolina
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