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How do I deal with going to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years?

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Going back to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years requires planning, networking and emotional fortitude. Forbes encourages stay-at-home moms returning to the workforce to have child care options lined up before beginning to interview for jobs.

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A stay-at-home mom returning to work must plan exactly what she wants to do professionally. The workplace will have changed since she was last in it, and the type of position she used to hold may not be in demand any longer. Stay-at-home moms with long gaps on their resumés may have to do volunteer work in the fields they are interested in, then find ways to make that volunteer work look professional on a resumé.

Networking is key for a stay-at-home mom, who cannot expect much response from sending resumés to job boards. Moms should network with all their former work colleagues as well as with the parents of their children's friends. They should develop brief "elevator pitches" for themselves, asking everyone whom they should talk to in order to find a job.

Many stay-at-home moms find the return to work emotionally wrenching. Some moms feel as if they have abandoned their children, while others are shocked at how little money they make after a hiatus from the working world. Some moms also find it difficult to converse with and relate to adults after spending so much time with children.

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