When You’re Leaving Your Job Because of Your Kids

by Daisy Dowling

Quick Takes

  • Lead with the important info and be neutral when you quit
  • Prepare responses for negative reactions
  • Remain open to new roles or career opportunities
  • Coach your colleagues through your departure
  • Take your relationships with you

You’ve decided to leave your organization, and the decision was driven by your needs as a working parent. Maybe you’re taking a new job with fewer hours or less travel so that you can spend more time with the kids; maybe you’re “up-ramping” and taking on a position with more responsibility, pressure, and pay so that you can afford those looming college bills; or maybe you’ve decided to focus on responsibilities at home before looking for ...

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