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Has anyone taken time off to be a parent and gotten back in the mix? Thinking of taking 6ish months while the babe is little. Did you suffer major setbacks? I'm a CD. Would love to hear your stories.

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All I can say is .... if you can take the time... take the time. I have never met a single soul who ever wished they had less time with their little one. You will over come any set backs you might face (you might not face any!) but you simply can’t get that time back.

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Real question is whether you think 6 months will be the amount of time you want to have with your little one. Brands will always need creatives, that will not change while you're out. Do what feels right based on your personal objectives. Don't ask for permission or validation, every person's journey is different. Do you, and the work will be waiting for you when your return.

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Not sure if you have had your baby yet or it is down the line but when those little suckers come out - EVERYTHING changes so if you can give yourself the gift of time to help you work things out...do so! .... good luck my friend, it is one epic rollercoaster ride 🤟

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Welcome to parenting. You’ve just joined an exclusive club that offers experiences only other members can truly understand. Also, good news, we breeders tend to take care of our own. Congratulations!

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@SVP1 and @VP1 - thank you. I've been struggling with this for a long time. It's a scary decision to make. Man... being a grown up is really f-ing hard.

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My son was in 3rd grade yesterday...This August he's off to college. whatever it's worth to ya...

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I took a 5 month maternity leave because I could and I was freelance. By then I was ready to go back. Would have been a mess at 3 months. Nothing is different 6 months later in this industry-do it. People take that kind of time off to write books or travel or start passion projects and people think nothing of it. How is what you want any different?

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@SVP1 she's actually 9 months old. I took 4 months of leave and have been back at work since then. It's just too much. The hours. I've spoken to my boss and not much changes. I love what I do but am struggling with the sacrifice. Not sure it's worth it. For now. This kid is all kinds of awesome. But I've got a great job and let's face it- being a SAHM is no joke. Tough stuff.

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I was a SAHD for the first 3 years of our son’s life. Wouldn’t trade that shit for anything. They change so quickly when they’re little.

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Nothing will be more fulfilling than staying with your baby. I would love to work with someone that is such a loving parent

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Yes - and you'll be fine! Better, even. If your company is a good one you shouldn't suffer setbacks. If you do, go somewhere that values that experience! Good luck!

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Maybe start talks with a company that is extremely flexible with work/life balance! I never work more than 40hrs a week and I can work from home whenever I need to, sick kids, snow days, etc. It's a family owned business, and I find those values run deep here. I'd like to believe we're not the only ones.

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I quit my job last year and it was the best decision ever. The time you spend with your child is priceless. Do it! You won’t regret it!

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I took 4 years off and don’t regret it. I also don’t regret coming back.

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If you keep thinking about it then do it. I am a big believer of things working out with the right intentions. Stay in touch with people in the time you take if you worry about dropping of the radar. Also, 9-12 mos is amazing age! Enjoy it!

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Maybe try for a reduced schedule or a leave of absence for a bit? It can be tough to get back into FT work if you leave and have a gap in your resume (not impossible, just hard). Also, as others have said - that time when you're home with your little will FLY by so you may find that 6 months quickly turns into 2 years, or suddenly feels like it might as well have been 1 month.

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Yep. It sounds like you already know what you want to do. Hardest job in the world but most rewarding ! Do it !

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Take the time you need and if you think you’ll want back in 6 months start making more connections now. I’ll say R/GA has been really improving life for parents. They have part-time and WFH schedules. As long as you set boundaries, they do try to stay within them. And everyone is always on video anyway

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Do. It. Do it. Do it!

Your family is what matters. The time will pass in a blink and no one will even notice. Your career will be absolutely utterly fine.

The fact that you’ve been wrestling with this says that you already know what you need to do.

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I took a year. It was the hardest and best year. Do it! 6 months is nothing. Life is more important.

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