Mommy’s New Job Might Turn Out To Be The Best Thing For Everyone

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Going back to work as a single mom is terrifying. I can speak from firsthand experience. But what I learned from having a full time job and being a mom is that Mommy’s new job can turn out to be the best thing, not just for Mommy, but for the the kids, too! Here is this week’s Love Essentially, where I list 8 benefits of going back to work as a mom.

Mom or dad’s new job might be the best thing to happen to the family

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Starting a new job can be exciting.

A steady paycheck, the opportunity to advance in the company, benefits like healthcare and the chance to do work you find fulfilling are all reasons to love that time in your life.

But what if you’re a stay-at-home parent who hasn’t worked in years and who, instead of looking forward to the new gig, is feeling, well, terrified?



That’s the case for one mom who recently posted this message on a Facebook group page:

Is it wrong to have so much anxiety … starting my first full time job in nine years and since having my kids? I know it’ll be fine, but, man, I’m scared! I know this is a huge positive in my life and will finally give me financial freedom, but I’ve been so used to staying home with my kids and doing everything for them.

I completely understand how she feels.


Three years ago, with two junior high-age kids, I started a full-time job after not having had a 9-to-5 in more than a decade. I feared everything from new technology to my ability to handle the role for which I was hired. And that’s not to mention relinquishing control of my micromanaging mindset when it came to the kids.

Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, and several other newspapers across the U.S.

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    Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

    2 Responses to “Mommy’s New Job Might Turn Out To Be The Best Thing For Everyone”

    1. Andrea M Pearson

      Great content! Going back to work post divorce wound up being the best thing for my son and I.


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