Foot-in-the-Door Moms

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 8:46pm
A new term is coming to my mind: the foot-in-the-door mom. This is the mom who does just enough paid work to remain in her field and not create a gap in her resume, but not enough to take much time (if any) away from being with her children. I'm wondering if many mothers who WOH but identify themselves as SAHMs could be characterized as foot-in-the-door moms? What do you think?









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Fri, 08-21-2009 - 9:56am

OOH ME!

I love this category, lol! I work 3 days a week, enough to keep my hand in but still spending the majority of my days with my baby.

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 10:06pm

Hi! (I'm pretty sure) this is my first post here, and I just wanted to say that sounds like a great description of what I did during the first year of my DD's life. I didn't want to lose my position altogether, nor was I sure we could afford or that I would like being home full time. I returned to work when DD was about 12 weeks, working 4 hours a day 4 days a week. I never identified myself as a SAHM during that time, but all but one of the groups we joined were predominantly SAHMs, mostly because of the hours. There were some other WOHMs in them, most of which were also part timers. We have one evening group (lactation support) which is all sorts of different moms, doing all sorts of different things. We tried one Saturday afternoon group, which was mostly FT WOHMs, but didn't stick with it because we usually spend Saturday morning/afternoons with my mom, who works all week. When people asked, I always said, "I work a little in the mornings," and elaborated if asked. I like the "Foot-in-the-Door Mom" description.

I've since then taken my foot out of the door (company was bought out by a new company that didn't allow part time, and full time would have never worked for my family) and I'm curious what I'd be considered now. I do very occasional odd jobs--since DD was born I have repaired 4 computers, and baked one wedding and two childrens' birthday cakes. I did get paid for them, but only 7 odd jobs in two years. Plus, I didn't seek them out, nor am I trying to start any sort of business. If asked, I just say I stay at home. I have no plans to return to work in the near future, and if I return in the distant one, it probably won't be the same field.

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 7:51pm

I'm not certified in anything. My qualifications lie entirely in my degree and experience. My current job is my first job out of college. I got my master's degree in December 2006 and started teaching January 2007. The only reason I was hired so quickly is that I had seven semesters of being a graduate teaching assistant under my belt upon graduation plus participation in a faculty preparation program, and the college is expanding so rapidly. Now that I've taught 2 years at the college with a record of institutional service and excellent reviews, I'm on my way to building a history that will put me at an advantage when they open up a full-time position. I would not have a chance at the position if all I had was my graduate school teaching.

However, I would still not be eligible for a position such as bordwithyou's. I would need a PhD and a history of scholarly publications to work in any teaching capacity at a university. In both cases, though, it is sometimes YEARS in between position openings.

It's definitely not the same as K-12 teaching where all you need is a certification and they are hiring every year.










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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 7:32pm
College professors are not certified in the same way that public school teachers are. But what Finally was saying is that if you haven't practiced your craft in five or ten years, the chances of you being hired for a full time position are slim to none.
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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 7:07pm
you can't keep certification current?

 

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 6:44pm

I've had a lot of friends who've done that very thing, work just enough to keep their various licenses current when their kids are small, then transition back into full-time employment when the kids get older. I'm talking nurses, IBCLCs, speech therapists, physical therapists, stuff like that.

There's not much chance I could have left a tenure track job and then have returned to a tenure track job four or five years later.

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 4:28pm

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Oh I totally agree. This would probably apply most to people who want to RTW at a certain level in their chosen career, as opposed to re-entering with any old job. For example for me to take 5 years off and then get *any* job (waitress, fast food, telemarketer, cashier) wouldn't be a problem. But let's say I want to return to work full-time teaching at the community college. To completely take off 5 years and then want to apply for a full-time professor position at the college, that wouldn't work so well. But if I've been teaching there 2 nights a week for those 5 years, it will really help my case. In the meantime, I get to devote my daytime hours entirely to my family, almost like a SAHM. Of course I'm *not* a SAHM, but I also feel like I barely qualify for the title WOHM either. I'm a foot-in-the-door mom, LOL.










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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 3:32pm

true.


and i didn't mean to focus my entire post only on retirement either....i just don't think SAH is such an awful part from the working world.

 

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 2:37pm

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I think that it's a good system for someone that plans to SAH for several years and then re-enter the workforce full time, and so they don't want to create a huge work history gap in their resume. If the placeholder job is at the same place of business they worked before, even better!










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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 11:41am

That's what I did...I have gradually increased my hours as my children have gotten older...


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