Thinking about going back to work

Going back to work

So. I’ve been thinking about going back to work, after five – FIVE! – years of being a stay at home mom. At times I feel SO ready to get back out there. Other times, I fear going back to work, I dread leaving my kids, and I worry that I no longer have what it takes.

This week I’ve helping out with hiring new staff at the girls’ school. I spent much of the week reading cover letters, reviewing CVs, and critiquing application essays. And today, I dressed up in business casual, went to the school office, and spent the morning interviewing candidates.

And you know what? I’M EXHAUSTED. Seriously exhausted. I am not used to focusing on a single objective for an entire morning. Furthermore, I’m totally unaccustomed to using my brain in that way, for that long. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t have to use my brain to parent two young children each day – the parenting lobe of my brain is fully functional and razor sharp. My working lobe, on the other hand, has atrophied beyond recognition, I fear.

As a result, self-doubt starts to creep in, making me wonder if I have what it takes to rejoin the workforce. On the other hand, staying home with my kids has developed a whole different set of skills. As a stay-at-home mom, I’ve enhanced my people skills (there is no “tough customer” like a two year old throwing a tantrum). My creative problem solving skills are ON POINT. My ability to multi-task is, quite frankly, unparalleled. And finally, being a stay-at-home mom has honed my time management skills to near-perfection. Such skills are are invaluable in most any work environment, and I feel like when I do return to the workforce, I can do so with my head held high.

All this to say, I’m still thinking of going back to work – but sometimes it feels just a bit daunting. For you working mamas, how did you handle the tradition from full-time parenting to rejoining the workforce? What worked for you?

(Image via Adikos / Flickr)

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4 Responses to Thinking about going back to work

  1. I feel you. But if you can make your living from this blog, then do just that. Make it work, and it will work. Best wishes.

  2. Isis says:

    My mom has a mug that says ‘All mothers are working mothers’ – I think we all need to remember that. I’m on the other end of the spectrum having always worked especially as an entrepreneur. I’ve got some tops I’ll share with on easing /testing back to “work”.

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! Let’s chat – I’d love some tips on transitioning back to work!

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