Hi OP, I have done what you are saying here - took a break for 3 years. I'll give you an idea of how it went for me, maybe it helps you to take a decision. Quit job and spent time with kids , moved abroad. Every morning - wake up, make tea and BF for DH, get DD ready to school, BF for kids and walk to school. Every Evening - pick her up from school, play with them for a while, DH comes home - so chai and biscuit with him and know about his day, cook, feed and eat dinner. Sounds super relaxing - yea ? But No, there is dishes, laundry, kids showers, vacuuming, mopping and a strong wish for ME time - and solid interest to read but having relatively less time for myself (because now I am 100% available for dishes, laundry, kids and other bills to be paid, online transactions, some other researches etc). Because I was home all day, the expectation was - there will be snacks ready in the evening - no one asked for it but I felt I need to cook some yummy snacks for kids and H which I couldn't do earlier when I was working. Because I was home, I was the one who always did school meetings with teachers because he is working and cant make it. Because I was home, there was very limited social interaction without kids around. I only had the chance to meet other stay at home mums. So the conversation was always about play dates, kid friendly recipes etc . Financial stress was building up. Kids grow up and so do expenses. Me not having a job, fear of growing expenses caused arguments between me and H because financial stress is bloody real !! So my idea of quitting job and relaxing went for a toss ! In fact having a paying job and suddenly staying home jobless caused me tonnes of stress because I felt I had to weigh my priorities every single time I want to buy something. I now have full time job and I relax at work. I read during commute. I figured out if I really want to relax - there are always pockets of time that I can make use of. I go for walks during lunch time. I read or sleep during commute. I catch up with friends after work. Now because I work too - everyone pitches in to help with home cleaning, laundry, dishes etc. I dread not having a job not only because of the money but also because of the unsaid expectations and unsaid stress of me staying home without earning.