When I came back to work after maternity leave, I had two options. I don't want to work more than 3 days a week, so I could do 3 12 hour shifts at a clinic that I like a lot (and where I already worked for 3 years prior to my leave) or I could switch to 3 10 hour shifts at a clinic that I dont really like that much. The 10 hour days would come with a significant pay cut (approx $60 K) a year. In addition, DH works for the same group and for me to get the 3 10 hour shifts clinic, he would have had to come take over at my clinic (which he hates). Anyway, long story short, I told the powers that be today that I want to stay at my current clinic with my 12 hour shifts. I thought I would be relieved, but instead I feel incredibly guilty-- like I sold my daughter out for the extra money and the job that I preferred...the thing is, she will be picked up at 6 on the days I work until 8 by my DH, so it isn't like I will be keeping her away from us any longer by doing these shifts (and she is being kept by MIL anyway) AND she is already starting to move her bedtime up, so I'm not sure how much extra time I would get with her if I did the 10 hour shifts anyway. Anyhow, that is a lot of rambling to ask, how do you all make peace with your decisions and how do you keep from feeling guilty for being away from your kid/s?