Why do parents go to work?

Published: 22 Aug 2017

1. To keep the cogs turning

Work makes me use my brain and keeps me sane


2. For the balance

Going to work makes me appreciate being a mum so much more because I get a break. I have a chance to actually miss my boy.


3. To be challenged

I love the challenges my job  poses and I am bloody good at it 


4. To stay in the game


 want to keep my skills fresh and not lose my classroom nerve


5. For security

I work to put food on the table and a roof over our heads and so I have a pension for when I can no longer work.


6. For self-worth

I work because I need money and because I have been unemployed and I really did not like how I felt about myself. 


7. For mutual gain

I'm very lucky to be able to work three days a week in a job I like, with people I like and very good benefits. And I believe my children benefit greatly from nursery three days a week 


8. To stay true to yourself

I worked long and hard on my career before I became a mum and I wasn't going to just give it up.

9. To be a role model

I want my daughters to have a close example of women having careers, even after they have babies. 


10. For the socialising

I meet loads of interesting and cool people 


11. For pride

Confidence. Financial security. Sense of duty. 


12. For self-satisfaction

I know I'm useful and my work is appreciated. I gain so much satisfaction knowing that I'm helping, and making a difference. My feeling of self-worth has rocketed. I am so much happier.


13. To grow as an individual

I'm proud of what I do. It's part of my identity and I studied for years to get into my profession. 


14. For the love of it

I love my job. I would still go to work if I won the lottery. It's a lot of work for not very much money, but it's extremely fulfilling, and I am very lucky to have been able to pursue it.  


And finally...

I work because no kids are allowed there. 

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