For many stay-at-home moms, trying to enter or re-enter the workforce can be a daunting experience. One of the biggest obstacles many of these women face is fear due to a lack of confidence about their abilities: Many stay-at-home moms feel that they will have little to offer potential employers.
On the contrary, maternal experience can be a major asset, claim authors Carole Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin in their book, Back on the Career Track: Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work. "You'll handle a disgruntled employee much more easily than you might have in the past," Cohen and Rabin say. "You'll probably be able to keep more balls in the air than you did pre-baby days." Plus, with maternity leaves behind them and fewer spousal relocations to deal with, working mothers are at a more stable phase in their lives than younger women.