dcsimg
You are here:

The Top 10 Signs Parents Should Return to Work

Being a stay-at-home mom or dad is an important, but difficult and too-often thankless, job. Even parents who love being home with their kids can find themselves needing a change. It’s never easy to leave your child in someone else’s care, but sometimes going back to work make you–and your family–much happier. Here are 10 sure signs that it’s time to re-enter the work force.

Top 10 Signs Parents Should Return to Work

1. You Can’t Afford Not to Work

Sometimes both parents have to work to make ends meet, especially in this economy. If you find yourself in this position, try not to feel guilty; you’re providing for your kids in new, but equally important, ways.

2. You’re Already Working Too Hard for Free

We all want to participate in our kids’ lives, but when you’re logging as many hours volunteering at school or on the soccer fields as you would at an office, maybe it’s time to consider a position that pays.

3. You Feel Left Out

Are you starting to envy, or even resent your partner’s career? The adult interaction? The luxury of vacation and sick time? If so, it’s time to consider re-entering the work force.

4. Opportunity Knocks

Has your old boss gotten back in touch? Have you noticed an ad for your dream job in the paper? Whether signs from the cosmos or just dumb luck, some opportunities are too good to pass up.

5. You’re Going Stir-Crazy

As much as you love being a parent, everyone needs some grown-up time (not to mention an excuse to change out of your yoga pants). If you’re tired of conducting most of your conversations in toddlerspeak, it’s time to consider going back to work.

6. You Need a New Sense of Purpose

Do you feel like your efforts aren’t satisfying because their rewards are less tangible than a paycheck? If you feel like you need to do something else with your life, consider taking on a new job — especially one that fulfills a lifelong dream or passion. You deserve to be happy.

7. Your Child is Becoming More Independent

You may hate it, but kids grow up eventually. When your child reaches a stage where he wants or needs to do more things for himself, especially if he is in school, consider it a license to shift gears.

8. Your Industry is Booming

If the industry you once loved is suddenly booming, it’s only natural to want to take advantage of it. You don’t want to miss the boat.

9. Your Stress is Affecting Your Family

Being a stay-at-home parent is more difficult that many people realize. It’s easy to become stressed out or resentful, especially if you feel like your efforts aren’t acknowledged or appreciated. Stress can strain family relationships. Sometimes going back to work is just what you need to feel right again.

10. You Just Can’t Stop Thinking About a New Career

This seems like a no-brainer, but if you just can’t stop thinking about how much you’d love to have a particular job, it’s time to go get it. You’ll be happier for it, which will make your family happier, too.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • Full Sail University - Online

    Push Your Creativity To The Next Level

    Programs

    • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
    • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
    • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Full Sail University - Online Request Info »
  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Veterinary Technology - Associates

    Location: Online

    Platt College Request Info »
  • Keiser University

    Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

    Programs

    • Master of Business Administration, MBA - Information Security Management
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    • Master of Business Administration, MBA - International Business
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Keiser University Request Info »
  • USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

    The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

    Programs

    • Master of Social Work
    Location:
    Los Angeles: 3601 Watt Way, GFS-315, Los Angeles CA 90089
    USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Request Info »
  • Independence University

    Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

    Programs

    • Business Administration (BS)
    • Business Administration - Human Resources (BS)
    • Business Management & Accounting (AAS)
    • More...
    Location:
    Salt Lake City: 4021 South 700 East, Suite #400., Salt Lake City UT 84101
    Independence University Request Info »
  • American University

    Change the World with American University

    Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

    Programs

    • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Mangement
    • Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation
    • Master of Science in Nutrition Education
    • More...

    Location: Online

    American University Request Info »
  • Bradley University

    Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

    Programs

    • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
    • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
    • Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
    • More...
    Location:
    Peoria: 1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria IL 61625
    Bradley University Request Info »
  • Capella University

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession.

    Programs

    • MS - Addiction Studies
    • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
    • MSN - RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Capella University Request Info »
  • West Coast University

    Advance your career. 100% Focused on Health Sciences.

    Programs

    • RN to MSN (Online)
    • MSN - Informatics (Online)
    • MSN – Advanced Generalist (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    West Coast University Request Info »
  • Argosy University

    Welcome to Argosy University

    Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

    Programs

    • Psychology (BA) (Online)
    • Business Administration - Accounting (BS) (Online)
    • Business Administration - Healthcare Management (BS) (Online)
    • More...
    Location:
    Phoenix: 2233 West Dunlap Ave., Phoenix AZ 85021
    Argosy University Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.