I am debating going back to FT work when DS starts full day kindy in August. My kids are DD13, DD7 & DS5. I've been home since DS was 1. This is budget related as we'd have much more room in the budget & meet some financial goals sooner if I start bringing in $. I'm torn because part of me really wants to go back & the benefits would be really nice - vacation pay, 401K matching, etc & the kids have asked me if they can go to the after school program. I signed them up so I have the option to send them & have the summer to decide. It's $460 for B/A school for 2 kids. I can go back to my field making close to what I did when I left so even paying for childcare would still be worth working. Mentally, I think I would really enjoy working but I don't know if the non-financial costs are worth it, kwim? Having to less flexibility in my days, oldest DD home alone in the afternoons, less time to get stuff done, will the kids really like being there every day. It's just hard to predict how we'll all like it. I guess I'm looking for people that have been home for a few years and re-entered. What was the hardest part? Are you happy with your decision, any regrets, biggest joy? How do you make it work? Anyone work then quit again because it wasn't worth it? What's the best thing about going back?