I'm hoping for some input from those of you who have done both part time work outside the home and staying at home full time.
I am at a point where I need to make a choice for my own sanity. My DS is going to be 1 on thursday and I have had the luxury of being a full time SAHM, except for a job that I go to once a month. I definitely enjoy it, and my DH gets home in the afternoon so it's wonderful to have so much time together as a family. I love knowing that I haven't missed anything in my DS's life, and I love being his full time teacher as well.
I didn't think I would be able to afford staying home this long, but it has worked out so far. However, it seems like circumstances may be changing since my MIL is going to have to move in with us eventually. She is out of work and has been for some time, and DH and my SIL have been pitching in to cover her bills. SIL is getting a little strange about this arrangement, so we have decided to cover all of MIL's expenses by building on to our house and moving her in. This is not a problem for me at all, as we have a close relationship anyway and she is extremely helpful with DS.
So my dilemma is, I could go back to work part time to help cover the cost of renovating our home, and my MIL and DH will be around to care for DS. I had a career that I really enjoyed before DS was born, and I would like to go back to work, but there is a big part of me that knows I will be missing out. I really love being a mom, more than anything else I have ever done, I feel like I was meant for the role. I don't really want to go back to work right now, but it would benefit my MIL and obviously extra money does not hurt. I could also push it off for as long as I want, DH is fine with whatever I choose to do and there is no pressure to step in and "save" MIL since technically she can still find a job for herself if things get tough for her. It's easier for me to get a job, since I have a Master's and jobs in my field are plentiful.
For those of you that have worked part time, is it worth it? I don't need to do it to survive, it would just make things better for my entire family if I did, but I don't know if I would be truly happy with missing out on everything DS does. Is there ever an age in our DC's life where you feel like you should go back to work?