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
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.
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?