Mummybreadwinner is about my journey following a decision to swap roles with my husband. He has been the main (and at times, sole) breadwinner for over 10 years and I have been a full time stay at home Mum for the last 3 years. We have both become frustrated and a bit disillusioned with our respective roles and were both craving a new challenge to get our teeth into. Swapping roles was something we have been talking about for a while, but in these job shy times it wasn’t something we had all our hopes pinned on. When I got a job offer that I was interested in, suddenly it became a viable option. After lots of soul searching and talking until gone midnight about the pros and cons, we decided to take the plunge.
We start our new roles in less than 2 weeks and are still on a rollercoaster of emotions about our life changing decision. We have a wide circle of friends but I realised that we don’t know a single other couple where the Mum is the breadwinner and the Dad is at home full time. I have friends who work, and understand the pressures of being a working Mum, and I have friends whose husbands have spent a brief period as a stay at home Dad due to redundancy, but no one who has made a conscious and positive decision to do what we are about to do.
This blog is a chance to record my journey – the highs and lows, the tears and the excitement – and maybe stumble across some other Mums like me who have made the same decision. Perhaps it might even inspire (or terrify depending on how it goes) someone who is considering doing the same thing……….