Short-Term SAH Parent with Long-Term Goals?

Article Credit: Amanda Patterson Crowe, for NextGen MilSpouse

Last year, NextGen MilSpouse talked us through the Risk of Choosing to Stay at Home and encouraged military spouses to think about the following:
“We give so much of ourselves to others. We must learn how to take time to grow ourselves and our dreams as well.  As beautiful as the choice to stay home is, it comes at a price that we cannot afford to choose to ignore.”

This post is not intended to be a commentary on whether or not you choose to stay home with your children; each family makes a decision about what is right for them. The reality, however, for many of us who find ourselves home with our children —whether by choice or necessity— is that we have every intention of returning to the workforce at some point.

It is easy to say we’ll take a few months or years to stay at home and then return, but as any military spouse with a gap in his or her resume (what military spouse resume doesn’t have gaps?!?) can tell you, the actual return is often much more difficult than anticipated.

Here are 6 ideas for current stay-at-home parents who are planning to pursue a career outside the home in the next 5 years.

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