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.
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.
- Master of Social Work
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.
You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.
- Master of Public Health
- Executive Master of Health Administration
Communications@Simmons prepares students to become leaders who achieve their organizational, professional, and personal goals through a strategic integration of communications theory and practice.
- MS in Communication
Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.
You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.
- MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
- RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
- Veterinary Assistant
- Grooming Instruction
- Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course
- Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
- Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online)
- Audio Production Bachelors (Online) More...