Who knew babies weren't boring?
October 4, 2010 6:53 PM Subscribe
For those of you who have decided to stay home with your kids, how did you exit the workforce gracefully so that you were well positioned to return at a later date?
posted by thenewbrunette to Work & Money (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I want to spend more time with my child who is 8 months old. Right now, I have a job that demands 55 - 60 hours per week, with frequent evening and weekend commitments. There is no possibility of negotiating a reduced schedule or part-time opportunity within the organization.
I've looked for part-time work (nonprofit development/grant writing) but can't seem to find anything at the moment. The only part-time gigs available now would take me in a different, more clerical direction, which I'm afraid could be tough to explain to future employers. I wonder if I would be better making a clean break and taking a few years off rather than diverting to something else seemingly unrelated to my past eight years of experience.
Seeking any advice, considerations, anecdotes or general feedback concerning the decision to leave work for a few years.
(NB: I am well aware of the adverse financial effects this will pose to me and Mr. Brunette, but I just adore this kid more than I ever thought possible and am willing to sacrifice financial gain in order to have more time with her.)