After Kids: Returning to Work
The tough decision deciding to stay-at-home is a dilemma most of us face. And those that chose to do so are oftentimes very happy with their decision. But what about when it comes time to return to the workplace? What's a mama's who's taken an extended leave of absence to do? Monica asks:
The question I'd like to put out to the uM community is this... After having had a 10 year career in apparel merchandising and production, we decided upon my becoming pregnant that this uMama would stay at home with our kids for the first several years. I thought I'd go back to work when I was ready, no biggie. While I liked my line of worked, I can't say I loved it. I was and am open to doing something entirely different. I have two degrees, in Marketing and one in Journalism. I want to go back in the next year or so. I want to enjoy, to have passion for my work, life's too short. We have relocated from Portland to CA and aren't located near any apparel companies. My options are pretty wide open which is great, but also daunting.
How have you found that career (at 38 years old in my case...) that you love and fits the needs of a young family?
Is there a great book to read on this? Is there a strategy/methodology to organize and plan this? Career counselor? Life counselor (not sure what/who that is)? Any websites that support Mom's re-entering the work place?