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Mums long to return to work after childcare

Thursday 4th April 2013

As much as caring for children and young family members can be an enjoyable and relaxing experience, it does have its tough points.

While parents may get to enjoy some quality time with their children out in the park or watching television while on maternity leave or during school holidays, there are often trials and tribulations too.

Tantrums and tears are just part and parcel of childcare, hence why it's no surprise that many women actually look forward to returning to work, with some saying they approach their career with a renewed verve after looking after the kids.

That's according to a new survey from MyCashbackSuperstore, which showed that two-thirds of women look forward to getting back to the office after caring for children.

When it comes to the reasoning behind going back to work, three-quarters of the women said it was due to financial and career reasons, while 17 per cent said that they simply longed for a break from looking after the kids.

One respondent told researchers that, as much as she enjoyed caring for her children, she longed to get back to work and progress her career.

"I thought I’d miss my children terribly when I returned to the office after maternity leave but once I’d settled back in I started loving my job more than ever," she said.

"Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mum and it’s by far the most important part of my life. But children are so demanding. It’s lovely to get away for a few hours and be a professional person again instead of a mum."

While many relish the chance to get back to the office, just short of a quarter (23 per cent) of mums said they didn't enjoy their time away from the children at all.

A spokesperson for the company said: "Being a mum is a tough job so combining that with holding down another job outside of the home must be incredibly challenging."

"Yet it seems the majority of working mothers admit to actually enjoying the time they spend at work away from their children."

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