Stay-at-home mom vs. career mom

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares tips on making the decision to returning to a career after having a baby or becoming a stay-at-home mom
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Stay-at-home mom vs. career mom

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Going back to work after having a baby is a very personal, as well as a financial decision. It's so worth it. Even if your financial gain is marginal at first, due to childcare costs, you have to see this as investment in your future career as well. Career isn't just about money, it's about mindset. In a large, working mothers survey, we found that career moms are usually happiest. Actually, career-minded moms who stay at home actually wish they were working. Stay-at-home moms want an on ramp at some point, but it's not always so easy. When you go back to work after having a baby to your existing job are on track for increased earnings and advancement. Most working women want a few things. They want the opportunity for advancement, they want to make more wages, and they want the opportunity to learn and grow. That's what you have to consider when you decide whether to go back to work after having a baby. You have to decide for yourself and for your family, then just go for it.

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares tips on making the decision to returning to a career after having a baby or becoming a stay-at-home mom

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Barbara Turvett

Working Mother Magazine Executive Editor

As Working Mother magazine’s Executive Editor, Barbara Turvett is integrally involved in the magazine’s editorial viewpoint and planning. She oversees and edits women’s, family and work life content, top edits the entire magazine and also contributes to workingmother.com. Barbara has specialized in parenting, women’s health and education topics throughout her career. She has written and edited for many national publications and websites, among them Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Child, McCall’s, Sesame Street Parents, Healthy Kids, Men’s Fitness and American Baby magazines. Barbara has edited two award-winning early childhood education books, and she has written a health book and edited several cookbooks for Weight Watchers Publishing Group. Prior to life in publishing, she was an actress and singer and performed in film, theatre and nightclubs. Barbara enjoys life in New York City with her husband, teenage daughter and pet cockatiel.

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