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Have you decided to quit your job to stay home? The trick is to exit gracefully without burning any bridges.
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You’ve decided to leave the financial rewards of the work world in favor of the emotional rewards of being a stay-at-home mom, at least for a time. Is there a way to leave your job on good terms?

Update your records. Before you inform your boss that you’re expecting, plan ahead for a distant future when you might consider returning to the working world again. Update your resume before you go while all of your achievements are fresh on your mind. Make sure you have contact information for co-workers and business connections. Business networking sites like Linked In (www.linkedin.com) can help. In a few years, it may be tough to remember your colleagues’ last names, not to mention the details of the projects you worked on together. Also, you might want to change your contact information with trade journals and professional organizations — they can help you stay on top of developments in your field from home.

Consider part-time or working from home. Your employer may offer you those options. Just keep in mind that it’s pretty much impossible to get any work done and take care of an infant or toddler, too, but if you can arrange babysitting and the price is right, it may be worth considering. You can also offer to try out a flexible arrangement for a week or two.

Calling it quits. If you do go, two weeks’ notice is standard courtesy. But if you happen to be approaching a busy season, like tax time for accountants or the holidays for retail, it’s a good gesture to give more notice. It’s also nice to offer to train your replacement or leave notes to help your successor settle in.

Don’t forget your 401(k). If you have an employer-sponsored savings plan, you might want to roll any funds in it to an Individual Retirement Account.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Baby's First Year. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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    Rated 0 out of 5 I ended up leaving work at 7 months because my pregnancy turned slightly complicated. I decided after the baby was here that I wanted to be a stay at home mom until he starts school. I get antsy around the house but I just go for walks to keep my mind in check. there's plenty to do around the house, especially with makeovers I want to do in the next couple years. plus it gives me time to spend a lot of one on one time with my son doing repetitions to help him learn. and I get to take him outside a lot too which is very stimulating for him, especially with all the leaves changing colors ( and all that fresh air makes him sleep like a rock! ) September 27, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I told my boss right away that I was pregnant. In a retail job you need to do this because you can only stand for so long and lift heavy things for so long. I ended up quitting my job not that long ago, because of doctors orders not to be lifting anything over 15lbs., which was almost impossible at my job. It was a hard thing to do, but you have to think about what is best for you and the baby. November 16, 2010
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