Hi all So I'm due to go back to work soon after 9 months on maternity. I know that the right thing to do for our little one is to reduce my hours. She's very young still, and will be spending very long days at nursery. If I'm totally honest though, I'm finding the move away from concentrating on my career really difficult to get my head around. I've worked so hard for so many years, and still have/had big hopes for more in the future. I feel convinced that reducing my hours, as well as my TLR will effectively take me out of the game. I think I am going to really struggle when back at work to see people who are making their way up to management and know that can't be me for a now. Or am I wrong (hoping I am?!) Has anyone been in a similar position and then found they are actually exhausted and just so pleased to get home to baby at the end of the day. Once my TLR is permanently reduced will I get taken seriously if looking for a promotion again? I feel like its a bit of a false reality at the moment whilst still on maternity leave. I know that there is nothing more important that my daughter and her happiness...its just hard to change my mindset after 12/13 years of being career focused and I'm feeling really mentally drained from it all already. I'm also now going round in circles between 0.6, 0.7 and 0.8. Any feedback would be really appreciated.