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Mom to Mom Monday: Back to work, Back to reality.

Posted by Julie Clark on 4/22/2013 to Mom Madness
Ever wonder what it would be like to take a break from being a stay-at-home-mom and go back to work, outside the home? Well I got to live that "dream" for a few days this weekend at Diaper Junction!

From Work at Home to Work Outside the Home

It has been nine years since I quit my last "real" job, and by real I mean, outside the home type job. I was a salon manager who'd worked full time, got pregnant, had a baby and then had gone back to work three days a week after my daughter was born. At age one, I resigned and opted to be a stay-at-home mom.

For the last nine years I've been a work-at-home-mom. Although I think all moms who are ever home are working, whether they have a paying gig at home or not. Over the years my husband has remarked that sometimes working at home seems harder than working outside the home and that maybe one day I might like to go back to having a "real job." <---insert eye roll here.

I have a real job, it's from home and I love it, but I do often miss the camaraderie that comes with working in an environment with people whom you enjoy spending time with.

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April 18-20, "Take Julie to Work Day"

Well this weekend I got a taste of what it would be like to live my "dream." I got to head up to Diaper Junction in Virginia Beach to help out with their Great Cloth Diaper Change location. It included me getting to go to work at Diaper Junction's retail location Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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I had a blast and the gals were so sweet! They even set up a little desk for me with my own little name plaque. I made myself as useful as I could while trying not to get in the way of their work. It was kind of the feeling of "bring your kid to work day" but it was more like "bring Julie to work day."

So, after three days of a faux work outside the home job has my "dream" changed? Well I must say, it was fun, but if I had a chance to choose I think I'd like the flexibility of working from home the majority of the time combined with going in somewhere as needed.

I do wish I lived closer to Diaper Junction, since well, I AM a cloth diaper addict and the store and gals who work there are just about the nicest group of people I've ever met.

So, to wrap up. Work outside the home has it benefits, work at home has it's benefits, staying home without having to have a "real job" also has it benefits.

I'm tickled to death to have gotten to experience working at Diaper Junction for the weekend and look forward to doing it again soon.

So truthfully, does it sound appealing to you at times to work outside the home? Only if it were at a cloth diaper store right? What are your thoughts on staying home and/or going to work? Do you dream of one or the other?

-Julie