I've never really thought about being or not being on a "Mommy Track." I've only mainly thought about the pros and cons of being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) versus working full time outside the home. I "chose" (in quotes because we need the double income to make ends meet unless we move to the outskirts and drastically change our lifestyle) to work full time because I prefer to work and pay someone else to raise my kids. JUST KIDDING. Well... only kind of?
Even if I had oodles of money, I don't think I would choose to stay home and raise my kids all on my own. I would probably still put them in some sort of daycare/preschool program. Why? Because I don't think I'm all that great at providing enough stimulation for them to learn and thrive. I can only play legos for so long until my butt gets sore and my legs fall asleep. Also, I want them to interact with other kids for a bulk of the day to help teach them social skills. But given that I don't have oodles of money, I work full time for Big Company who generously provide healthcare for my entire family and help me pay for diapers, groceries, and the mortgage. I like the intellectual stimulation that my work provides, as well as a sense of accomplishment I get when I finish a big project or see the product of my work being used in real life. I also like that I can be an employee or 8 hours a day, and not "mommy."