After a hiatus of 10 years, I will be working a part-time job in an office this fall. I will be teaching a college journalism course about online media this semester covering blogging, social media, photo and video editing and web design.
I have worked pretty much since giving birth to Rose but it’s always been at home and completely around my schedule as a mom.
With this new position, I actually have to attend meetings, have office hours and be in a classroom.
I only have to be at the college for 5 hours a week to teach my class and can plan my lessons and grade their projects from home. Lilina will be in preschool 15 hours a week so I am hoping to get everything done while she’s at school.
It is a rite of passage for many stay-at-home moms that once the last child becomes school-age they start working some or full-time outside the home. I’ve had many friends who were at home with me head back to work in offices in the last few years, and it has been quite a change for their families.
Even with this just being a few hours a week, our family is feeling the transition. I had three full days of training last week (and two more days this week) so Dad got the kids off to school while I headed downtown to work.
I think this shake up is good for our family because it really makes each of us appreciate the other one’s roles and contributions.
Here are some things we have learned this week:
I also think the change is good for me personally.
I am having to release control on some things at home. I asked Michael to take over paying bills for a few months while I get acclimated. And he’s been handling the kids’ homework with them last week and this week. It’s odd not to know what is due at school.
I am really excited to be out of the house and with adults. I love to teach, and I am excited to share my experiences and knowledge with the students. I am also thrilled to be in a college environment with so much energy.
As always I am looking advice on how to pull this off gracefully:
Were you a stay-at-home mom who transition to working part-time or full-time outside of the home? How did the transition go? What helped you get a handle on both worlds? What is your best advice about heading back to an office? What was the hardest part for you? What are the pitfalls?