I would 100% take the opportunity. You'll be home every week to see you family (you'd miss dh too I guess?) and can give them very focussed attention then. Once this very short time is over you'll have a better job and better working circumstances. Plus, at 12 she is not so happy to see you anyway.
I’m a full time WOHM while DH is a full time parent. I actually did this for over a year when DCs were young. I would leave on Tuesday 6am and get back friday mornings. It wasn’t great from a family perspective, but ultimately it was a short period of time and totally worthwhile as it launched my career to another level. It’s really hard to make decisions as a WOHM but your child will be grown soon and you’ll have more time for your career. Mine is important to me as I get so bored being a parent. Good luck!
I would love the option to work from home down the road so would probably do it, however, I traveled about once a month for 3 days for a few years and I absolutely hated it. It made me very depressed And cranky. Knowing that it is temporary might alleviate those feelinga though. Good luck!!
I would do it. 6 months will fly by, and the rewards last for the rest of your career and into retirement. You have a 12 yo and family help. Everyone will be fine.
I wouldn’t But that’s just my personal preference. I wouldn’t want to miss my kids - I already work hard and think I never see them enough, but maybe WFH option afterwards would make it worth it? IDK. Anyway, there is no way that I would travel during the pandemic, but that’s also a personal choice. I think you have to decide these two things by yourself or maybe with DH. I don’t think you should take my or someone else’s opinion here.
Op: thanks....I was just wondering how many moms would do it.
If You have help and DH is with your child then I don't see why you shouldn't take this on. It's less than a year and it will help your career long-term.
@Anonymous I man would not be even wondering about this.
@Anon I think it's a little sad that it should be a difficult (not talking about just OP but this hypothetical for all WOHMs). You're right a man would not wonder at all about it and no one would question him doing it. Can we not trust a dad (who also has other family help) to adequately parent a 12 yo 4 days a week? If a mom can't do this with one 12 yo, when can she?
@Anon Exactly. And on top of that OP's child is 12 not 2.
With one 12 year old child, absolutely.
Yes, 12 yo is relatively independent. Are you off and able to be with kid the other 3 days of the week? Six months is not that long, and it may be worth the payoff in terms of career advancement and ability to WFH.
Op: yes the plan would be to work Mon through Thursday and return home Thursday night. I’d return to work on either Sunday night or Monday very early in the morning.
@Anonymous np. I would do it. It's not such a log period and you can be home to spend more time M-Th.
Interesting to me that there are still (post covid) jobs where you need to train in person for that long. There are circumstances where I would consider this, 6 months is not that long in the scheme of things.
If you have kids, then no. That's a long time to be away.
@Anonymous op: yes I have a 12 yo. Thanks for your perspective.