Deciding whether or not to stay home with your child and/or children can be an incredibly difficult one. Whether the choice relies heavily on financial issues or you simply don't know if you have the energy to keep up with their every need all day long, the decision is never easy.
With that said, for those who decide to stay home full time to be a Stay at Home Mother has its incredible bonuses along with some fearful thoughts. When the parent is ready to return back to the work place, there may be some skills that were unlearned because the children kept her/them incredibly busy.
Read below as we've collected 10 solid ways to keep up with the demands that work may ask for when ready to return. Going back is not as easy nor stress free experience, so we're here to inspire you to make it a little less stressful.
10 TAKE ONLINE COURSES
Taking online courses may be difficult. While managing the days tasks from feeding the kids, putting them down for their naps, taking them to their classes and find the time in between to squeeze in a shower (if you're lucky), we understand your limited, precious time. Though the time you spend is often more than not impeccably scheduled and well thought out, taking online courses may ready you well for when you decide to return back to work. There are many options out there, so do your research and look for options that suit your wants.
9 WATCH FREE YOUTUBE TUTORIALS
If taking online courses are not feasible, there are so many options to learn how to code, produce spread sheets or even tips on how to better your selling techniques! No matter the type of work you do or plan to get into, there are many Blogs, Vlogs and free courses on Youtube that provide the appropriate information you may be searching for. And, it's free!
8 KNOW YOUR WORTH
This is speaking directly to your confidence. We understand how much work and energy it takes to be a Stay at Home Mom. It's absolutely the hardest job, hands down, on the planet. Well, one of the hardest. And, it's hard enough to find time to physically get up and do the things to better your chances of finding work once the kids are in school or more independent to care for themselves- within reason.
So, you must realize how strong you've become while providing the family. Recognize how much you've perfected being the punctual, multi-tasking individual you have become. The qualities you've gained have surely readied you to go back into the work place. Just recognize your worth. Because you are indeed worthy.
If you have weekends free or an hour or two a week to get out and volunteer, this will be great on your resume. It will show the workplace that you're applying to that you're able to work well (under pressure and with little time). It will also show them that you're open to trying new things with little to no pay. You are a strong, independent and hard-working woman/parent. Show them what you've got!
6 SPICE UP THE CV
It's important not only to update your resume, but to keep it in the style that suits the time. Consider hiring a friend or an editor to review your resume to keep it up to date. Whether that means a clearer font for your potential employer to read or grammatical errors that could be easily corrected, ensuring your CV is up to date, clear and eye-catching yet simple is imperative for making a good impression at the jump.
5 ASK FRIENDS WHAT THEY'RE LEARNING IN THE WORK PLACE
It could be as easy as asking fellow friends what the work force is encouraging them to learn or know. Depending on which field you want to work in, it's important to ask your friends in similar environments what they're working on. Whether it's a new software program that's been introduced into their company or that you believe could benefit you when you return, finding this specific information out could help you navigate which route to go. This could mean taking online courses or perhaps volunteering at specific events. You'll never know the answers until you ask the questions.
It's important to stay in the loop while you're home with the children. Keeping up with the times and the work place can be as easy as being present on social media and attending some local events. Whichever profession you consider going into when you're ready to return to work, there are opportunities for you to become involved indirectly even if you're not personally involved full-time.
Do your research, follow those who inspire you and keep a clear focus when you network while staying home with the kiddos.
3 USE USEFUL PLATFORMS
Ensuring you're active on certain sites that promote networking and connecting can be incredibly important. Following like-minded individuals and connecting with those in your profession can help you in the short-term and long-term; whichever direction you'd like it to lead. You could possibly be active on social media or keep your CV public for potential employers. There are amazing sites out there for you to keep relevant for when you're ready to work.
2 WORK PART TIME
This option may not be realistic for some, though others may be able to squeeze in a few hours a week or during the weekend to keep their work place mentality fresh and active. Not only will this help you while applying to full-time work when you're ready, it will allow you to make some money while you're home taking care of the home and kids.
1 REALIZE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED THROUGH BEING A SAHM
Being a Stay at Home Mom means you're pretty much Super Woman. It provides you with a new set of tools to activate your patience, a positive attitude and ability to manage time like you've never had to in the first place. Frankly, the lessons you learn while staying home with your child and/or children may be enough to impress your employer. There are things you can learn at the work-place. But, the vital attributes you've gained and activated during full-time Motherhood can sometimes never be taught but naturally released.