I'm eager to sign up for her spring writing class.
I have my eye on the future these days. My youngest is rapidly approaching age 5 and has been eager to board the school bus with his brothers for a couple of years now. One day, when he was 3, he donned his backpack, stepped outside and promptly stood at the bottom of the driveway. He was sure he'd figured out how to get the bus to stop for him. Never mind that it was mid-day and he wasn't old enough. He wanted to go and there he was, at the end of the driveway with a backpack. Wasn't that the secret code? Come September, I'll probably have trouble holding him back long enough to snap the all-important first-day-of-school photo.
|We're ready to move on to the next phase. Photo from Morguefile.|
The thing is, I know how he feels. While I've loved being a stay-at-home mom, I've been eager to get back out into the working world for the last several years.
I hate not contributing to the family income. I truly do. My husband has never had an issue with it. The way he looks at it, we'd have to pay most or more in childcare than any income I made if I worked outside of the home. On top of that, we'd be running ourselves ragged trying to figure out how to manage the children around two work schedules.
Writing at home has been my sanity saver for the past several years. It's helped me contribute financially and also kept my mind active beyond the world of kid stuff, house cleaning and meal prep.
I'm so ready to do something outside of the home, though. I realize that with two children who will still need after-school care and an older child who's very active in after-school activities, thus needing rides home from school outside of the normal bus run, I still won't have a lot of flexibility. If I could pick my dream job, it'd be part time, with the option to expand to full time in a few years.
Anyway, that's why I've been taking writing classes. I have a B.A. in Communications, but I've been out of the official work force for many years. I'm nervous about dusting off my resume. It's going to look a little thin. Maybe the writing classes will fill it out a little, in addition to improving my skills.
So, who's been there and done that? Have you taken a length of time off from work outside the home? How was your return to the workforce? How do you balance all of life's demands: kids, work, home, etc.? What was your best strategy in getting employers to view you as a good candidate for jobs?