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The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work by Lori K. Long Ph.D.

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Chapter 20 Staying Home—Staying Marketable

Making the decision to stay at home with your children does not mean you have to abandon all career aspirations. In fact, spending some time at home can give you enough distance from work to allow you to reevaluate your career plans. You may decide to head in a new direction, or continue in the same direction with a newfound focus and passion.

For some, staying home factors into an overall work and family balance plan. The term “sequencing” describes the career plan of a parent who chooses to spend some time at home while planning to return to work at a later time. Some parents sequence throughout their children’s upbringing by staying home with infants, returning to work when the kids start school, ...

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