Time to switch back again - Yesterday was my last day at full time work for a while!
I've been back at work full time for nine months and it's been a busy nine months!
Being a self employed carpenter I initially worried whether I'd find enough work to keep me going, switching from part time to full time, in the dead of winter can be tricky. As it turned out I've not had a day out of work since Christmas and I've not driven more than five miles for it other than a couple of times.
Turns out that as I've immersed myself in my local community they've supported me back.
I've got work from the playgroups I used to go to, recommendations from friends and family and from people who I've previously worked for. I've not advertised at all and I could have easily booked myself up well into next year.
|Wife and happy children|
But I'm not going to! Instead I'm going back to being a stay-at-home dad and looking after my three children full time and I can't wait!
I'll still be working (probably far more than I should be) I'll be building things in my workshop to sell in the evenings, I'll be working for customers on Saturdays and school holidays and I'll still be building the extension and doing up the house.
On top of this I can try, with the help of my little helpers, to get back on top of the garden, grow more than ever before, preserve the bounty, manage our animals, and hopefully even have some produce to sell! Being at home more allows me to get some of these things done, in between the school and play school runs, nappy changes and meal times. I love my busy life!
I do feel guilty that my wife is going back to work, but as the one who is fully employed it makes sense for her to be working full time (she also is entitled to far more holiday than I'd ever get!). The reasoning behind it is in this old post here.
Hopefully you'll all stick around again to offer support and advice and an adult voice when I've been surrounded by three children under five for a full day!