How Stay-at-Home Moms can Successfully Return to Work

Lately, the press has been full of stories regarding the experiences of women who didn’t “lean in.” These women (regarded as the “opt-out” generation) choose to leave their high-ranking jobs in order to be stay-at-home moms. Now, ten years later, their choices have led to unexpected outcomes.

One woman stated that the tension regarding her dependence on her husband has been one of the main factors in their divorce. Other women from the opt-out generation have re-entered the workplace years later to disappointingly lower salaries and less prestigious careers. A recent study reports that 89% of women who opted out later wanted to return to work. However, only 73% of these women were able to find jobs and a mere 40% found full time jobs.1

Women who consider opting-out after childbirth must understand the changing landscape they will experience when they re-enter workforce. Upon choosing to opt-out they will most likely not be able to achieve the same prestige and salary as before. If being a stay-at-home mom is a dream of yours, you can take steps to implement a strategy that will work for you.  Many stay-at-home moms find a large amount of fulfillment in their role. The following coaching tips can assist in your transitional success:

  1. Have frequent and open discussions with your partner regarding your choice. Each party’s level of comfort should be made clear and taken into account. Families can establish a household business plan that emphasizes mutual respect.
  2. Consider careers that are easy to re-enter, such as teaching, nursing, or running a home business.
  3. Optimize your stay-at-home time by regularly volunteering or working part time. These activities will contribute to your ongoing growth, development, and your formation as a well-rounded person.
  4. Network through political, religious, alumni, or special interest groups.  These connections will prove helpful if and when you re-enter the workplace.

 

Organizations should take into account these women’s struggles regarding their decision, and assist in their transition back into the workplace.

 

1 Reference Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/magazine/the-opt-out-generation-wants-back-in.html                      Opt-Out Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/magazine/the-opt-out-revolution.html


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