5 Strategies for Stay-at-Home Parents to Transition Back to Work

Mighty Mommy shares 5 effective strategies to help stay-at-home parents ease back into the workforce.    

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #243

For the majority of my 20 years of motherhood, I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, a label I’ve never really been fond of because although I have stayed home with my kids, I’ve also worked from home as a full-time writer for over half of that time.

Somehow, however,  that never really seemed to qualify me as a “working mom” since my particular career afforded me the luxury of working side by side with my 8 kids all day as they squabbled, threw tantrums, (always fun while on the phone conducting an interview), argued about what I was serving for lunch, or continuously interrupted me at any given moment. You see, even though I was “working,” I was still perched at my makeshift desk in the kitchen which ultimately gave them 24/7 access to me whether I was on deadline or not.

Now that my kids are older (ages 7 – 20) with some off to college, I decided it was the right time for me to venture back into the workforce outside my home.  I’m currently working 2 – 3 days a week and though I absolutely love my new job, I have an entirely new respect for women who raise families while working.


I love the new balance I have in my life - working both in and out of the home while still being completely involved with my kids and their daily activities. But when I first returned to work after a 20-year hiatus, there was a transition period that was a bit rough for all of us.  Today, I have 5 savvy strategies to share that will help stay-at-home parents ease back into the workforce:

Strategy #1: Child Care Arrangements

Perhaps the most important decision in a working parent's life is child care.  If your child needs before or after school daycare, or care for the entire day while you're at work, don’t leave this critical decision until the last minute.  Start by asking trusted friends, family members, and other working parents for daycare and babysitter recommendations and meet in person with the choices you have available to you. 

In my neighborhood several of us swap babysitting time slots to help one another out.  For example...


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.