I would absolutely love to hear from any of my readers who temporarily or permanently left their careers behind to stay home with a child. While I am thrilled beyond belief to stay home with our little one this fall I can’t remember a time in my life when I did not have a job.
I babysat throughout my early teens and got my first paycheck working at a day care center at the age of fifteen. I worked in a multitude of positions between then and the time I graduated college, but I rarely went without employment. I worked every semester and summer throughout college and landed my first and current job a month after I graduated. I even temped during a few winter breaks just so I could earn the extra money.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed watching my 401(k) grow and my salary increase. I’ve also savored the paid vacations and other perks that come with employment.
Through a combination of severance pay and savings I hope to stay home somewhere between six months and a year, but I wonder if it’ll feel strange not to hold a position of employment. I know I’ll be working, (I think motherhood may be the most difficult job out there), but I wonder if it will feel strange not to earn a living. I can’t imagine looking at the checking account and not seeing a bi-weekly deposit.
I’d love to hear from anyone out there who transitioned to staying at home after working. It doesn’t matter if you stayed home for a few months, a few years or longer. I’m just interested in what it felt like to make the transition.
Did it feel strange to wake up the first morning you were home and realize you didn’t need to head to the office? As time wore on did it feel strange to realize you weren’t bringing in any money or were you so focused on the new joys and roles in your life that you realized none of that really matters?