Career questions and family balance/life with new baby
Hello! We are expecting #3 this year. I (mistakenly) thought that the pandemic would make companies embrace remote work as a new model, but not mine anymore. I have a return-to-office mandate for 3 days/week, but this forces my husband and I to always be flying by the seat of our pants when it comes to preschool vs. elementary school pick-ups and after school activities. Some days, we don't decide until 15 minutes before, who is going to take our child to soccer practice (and it is only one kid who only has one activity at the moment), depending on who has the 'less important' work afternoon. I am really stressing now about what happens when #3 comes. I was planning on putting baby in full-time daycare, but I did not expect that remote work would not be an option anymore. Such an open-ended question, but when did you make major lifestyle/career changes just to juggle everything? Between my husband and I, we are about 60/40 in terms of bringing home income. I have always been the more flexible one because I am an individual contributor, but now we toy with the idea that maybe I should reconsider my full-time setup (that will require in-office days once maternity leave is up) - either dial down to part-time, quit?, find another job/career that offers more flexibility (but maybe less pay)... it's all very overwhelming. Wondering what people have done, and also, how old baby was/kids were when things finally made them reconsider their status quo.