Keeping Career-minded While Raising A Family

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Mothers who have built careers for themselves are often-faced with a heart-wrenching decision: Would it be best to stay home with the baby past maternity leave or go back to being an earner?

With both parents working, the biggest obstacle most families face is paying for childcare. And even if a family can meet that financial requirement, a stay-at-home mom still needs to think about what lies 5 or 10 years down the road. Luckily, there are many things you can do to stay on top of the game.

  • Build new skills: Whether it be organizing a fundraiser or chaperoning 10 kindergartners on a field trip, your child’s journey growing up is also an opportunity for you to develop new and useful skills.
  • Go back to school: Community colleges generally offer daytime and nighttime classes. Courses of study include things like Associates degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, to specialized certificate programs – including areas of study that lend themselves to working from home.
  • Regularly update your social media: Just because you don’t go to the office everyday doesn’t mean you can’t share interesting articles, or even your own blog, on sites like LinkedIn.  
  • Work from home: A stay-at-home mom can still work – and companies are hiring them! Websites like Elance are designed to help freelancers find clients and vice versa. Writers, bookkeepers and event planners are just a few examples of the positions that are currently in demand.

And lastly, don’t hesitate to reinvent yourself! There is no rule that says once you choose a career, you can never change it. Virtually every job imparts new skills to the employee, skills which can be adjusted and expanded upon to create innovative ideas and fresh opportunities.

Being a mother and building a career are each admirable – but they do not have to be mutually exclusive. What role(s) are you currently playing?

Judith Heft & Associates

Judith Heft, Principal, Judith Heft & Associates is a personal financial concierge with offices in Greenwich and Stamford. She can be contacted via email at judy@judithheft.com or by phone 203-978-1858.

 

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