So let me just begin by saying that I realise I sound like a fuss pot, but this is something that is bothering me a lot. My husband and I are currently talking about starting a family in the near future. I work full time in a state primary and am trying to weigh up my options for balancing teaching with parenting. The main thing is that I don't want to be a mum who works full time. I am totally supportive of people who do, but I just couldn't bring myself to leave my child with grandparents/childminder/nursery all day five days a week. My husband says he could work from home twice a week but I'm not sure he realises just how busy it can be with a small child and how little work he would actually get done. So that brings me to asking the headteacher for a job share which I am almost certain I would be granted. However, I have never met a job sharer who wasn't stressed out and wishing they didn't have to do it, which certainly has an impact on the pupils they teach. The only other option I can think of is finding a part time role in a school that by nature only requires part time hours. How have people on here juggled work/home life with small children? Has anyone managed job sharing successfully? Has anyone completely changed roles to fit parenthood? Just really curious to hear people's experiences.