I've read lots of the posts on here and funny as they are this change is the nail in the coffin for us. I'm a high earner (just about) - and have now made the decision not to go back to work after maternity leave for my second child.
I've slogged for the last 15 years travelling wherever work has demanded - I have endured a four hour daily commute for the last five years but basically it is no longer worth our while. While I may be marginally better off working - when you take into account the personal side of not seeing the children it's just not worth it. 45k in London is not high earnings - we live in the cheapest part of London and barely survive. Childcare alone is 1200 a month.
Well done Cameron - you've pushed me out of a good professional career and you will no longer be benefitting from my higher rate tax!
And incidentally to the 'pay for your own kids' argument - our children will be your doctors, nurses, care workers etc when you're old as well as paying your pension so investing in young people is in all our interests!
Have to say I agree with Tatty Bogle. It's not so much that the first birthday is a big deal for the baby, but I think it's a really big deal for the parents - chance to look back and celebrate all the achievements and memories of the last year. I really felt it was our day more than anything.
Plus it's one of the few chances you get to enjoy your kids birthday before the stress of big parties, invites, party bags etc takes hold
Whoever started this thread, thanks so much! I have a 13month old and really struggled to get my fitness back up after pregnancy and sleepless nights, I would have really benefitted from this in those difficult early months.
However - did my first race - half marathon- post pregnancy (and to be honest for a long time before pregnancy) - and thoroughly enjoyed it despite my super slow time.
At the moment I'm getting out 50% with the baby in jogging buggy and 50% on my own.
We're now thinking about baby number two. Do they do twin jogging buggies? Am i insane to even ask??