Readjusting to the world of work

So I rejoined the world of work this week.  It’s quite an adjustment!  I have been home with my daughter for 3 years now and haven’t spent that much time away from her.  I am not working full time, but I will have a few days where I will drop her off in the morning and not see her until the next morning because I will be home after she is in bed.  That’s so sad!

My plan was to get a job in the fall, once we finished all our summer travel and my daughter was in school 4 days a week.  Then I saw this job posted so I applied.  Honestly, I assumed they would turn me down.  Again.  I applied with and was turned down by them 3 years ago.  It’s hard to get an entry level job when you have a pretty high degree.  If I could send my diploma back and get even a partial refund on my loans, I would totally do it! Lol!  It hasn’t really gotten me where I wanted to be, career wise, so I consider it almost useless.

Wondering what I will be doing? I will be working with kids with autism as a line therapist.  This means I go into their home and teach them life skills.  This could be anything from waving hello, to creating a sentence using laminated pictures that they velcro to a sentence strip.  It is very intensive and tiring work.  But very fulfilling.  Can you imagine the joy on a childs face when they master a skill?  I used to see it all the time in my years as a teacher and guidance counselor and it’s the best thing to experience!

My daughter is adjusting to me working a lot better than I am!  I worked on Tuesday and after I picked her up, this was our conversation:

Belle: What day is it today?

Me: Today is Wednesday

Belle: I don’t like Wednesday

Me: Why?

Belle: Because you don’t work on Wednesdays

Way to make me feel loved! Lol!  She did ask me today if I could teach her sitter how to make her sandwich into a butterfly like I do 🙂  That made me smile.

I think what is most stressful is that we have so much going on this summer and I have to learn all this new stuff for the job, yet still manage my household and make up hours I will miss while on vacation. Plus my schedule has clashed with my training schedule for my half marathon, so I need to do some work on changing that.

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I know I will get in a groove and things will even out, I’m just trying not to stress too much while I am in the process of getting into that groove.

Have you gone back to work after being home?  How did you adjust?

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One thought on “Readjusting to the world of work

  1. Kim says:

    I stayed home for 9 years when my boys were little then went to work for awhile. Like you, I have education that I will never use – I used to be a middle school teacher but I also have a masters in Sports Medicine. When I went back to work, I didn’t want to teach again – I just worked in the office at their elementary school as the book keeper. It was fun – I did it for 5 years but quit because I didn’t want to work full time. Now I stay home again and do some personal training and teach a few fitness classes.

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