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According to data from the United States Census Bureau, more than one-third of U.S. mothers (roughly 10 million) with school-aged children were not actively participating in the labor market as of January 2022 (a one million increase since January 2021). I am a part of that statistic. Four days before Covid-19 shut down the United States, I quit my job to homeschool my two children.
Picture this scenario: After leaving a crummy job with a terrible boss and cranky coworkers, you find a new gig. You’re sure this will be better than your other job. It has to be better. Turns out, it’s worse. But it’s too late to go back. And now you are not sure how to move forward.
I sat in my car and cried like a baby for an hour. I had just been rejected for what I thought was my dream job at my dream organization. But after I took a few deep breaths and regrouped, I quickly realized that this dream job was not as dreamy as I had made it out to be in my mind.