The Joys of Going Back to Work

the joys of going back to work

The Joys of Going Back to Work

I loved being a stay at home mom during my maternity leave. I adored it. Our long walks together, my daughter napping in the stroller while I logged a few miles on the way to the neighborhood coffee bar. Staying home with my daughter those first few months was the absolute best decision I’ve ever made. But so was going back to work. 

I remember the first job I ever had. I was 14, a babysitter, staying with some neighborhood kids one Saturday while their mom ran errands. I think that first pay day was all of five dollars.  I can recall folding those worn dollar bills into the pocket of my blues jeans and feeling the tiny glow of earning my own way in the world. I was hooked. 

Yes, work gives us all financial independence, but it gives me much more than that. Work makes me a more complete person. I thrive on the daily interaction with the smart capable people I get to work with. I am challenged. I brainstorm. I make mistakes, make corrections. And I grow. 

Parenting is a big picture, long range assignment. You don’t know if you’ve been a successful parent for decades to come. Work gives me small, achievable “wins”. I get to see the tangible results for my efforts. A successful meeting there. A well received writing assignment here. My self esteem gets a nice boost.  I can think “yep, someone values me and my work.” 

My career doesn’t solely define me but my career does create a more stimulated, involved human being. But most of all work allows me to be a role model for my daughter. I’m a better mother when I can model hard work for my daughter. She sometimes sees me late at typing away at my computer late into the night, furiously trying to make a deadline. I’d like to hope I’m showing her how to meet deadlines, solve problems. Keep your word. 

Taking time off from work to stay home made me realize something essential about myself, yes I HAVE to work but I also LOVE to work. 

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Rosemond Perdue

Rosemond Perdue Cranner heads up Business Development for MomFair. She has an extensive background in marketing and TV, sales trailer and new media production with proven results building and managing relationships, overseeing accounts and winning new business. Adept at handling client interactions, overseeing TV and new media campaigns; from webisodes, web videos, and websites to traditional on-air campaigns. Rosemond is an accomplished communicator and speaker skilled at connecting people, projects and companies. She blogs at Round and Round Rosie and is a regular contributor to Babble, Huffington Post Divorce, and has been featured on Blogher, BluntMoms, Menopausal Mom, and rippedjeansandbifocals. Rosemond was recently recognized at Blogher16 as one of their Voices of the Year, a distinction among bloggers. Follow her on twitter @roundandroundrosie or on Linkedin.