Hiya, LO is nearly 2 and I've been working 0.6 (three days) since going back after maternity leave. When I originally went to 0.6, I was a mainscale teacher. Since then, I've had two promotions and now have more responsibility at school, which I'm really enjoying. However, I am finding it difficult to fit it all in to three days, and would like to increase my working hours to 0.8 (across four days). I'd also prefer to have fewer split classes, and to be more 'in the loop' at work. Financially, it's not a necessity that I work four days. LO currently goes to my mum for two days and MIL for one day. OH and I have been considering starting him at a nursery anyway, for the social skills, wider range of activities, etc. We've noticed that he's not very good at playing independently, so this could help too. If I went 0.8, then LO would start nursery for a half day (as OH finishes early on the day he'd be in nursery). On the days off I have with my LO, I spend a lot of time keeping on top of the housework, as well as spending time with him. Hopefully, if I went 0.8, then we'd get a cleaner for a few hours, so I could focus more of my time off with LO. It all seemed to make sense to me and OH, until I mentioned it to my parents. They are currently not speaking to me, after calling me selfish and saying that I'm choosing my career over my son. They don't seem to understand, as my mum has never had to work. I'm now torn and wondering if I should be spending the extra time with LO, rather than being at work. Also, should I be waiting until LO is at school before trying to pursue my career- which is my parent's argument. We do want another child, but not for a few years yet. I do realise that I am fortunate to be in a position where I can work part time, and whereby my family can help with childcare. Please help- I'd love to hear your opinions on this.