Baby Steps from Motherhood to Career

Earlier this week I posted a review of a novel about a woman who went back to work after taking a few years off to stay home with her son. I know that is a situation that many of us face, whether we go back to work because of financial necessity, a desire to keep up our career skills, personal satisfaction or a combination of these.

In Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career, Diane Lang has addressed all these key areas in an understanding and gracious way. Reading the book is like receiving advice from a wise and gentle friend. In writing the book, Diane Lang interviewed many working moms. One of the things that she realized was that by definition, baby-steps.jpga working mom (or a new mom contemplating returning to work) is short on time. Because of this, she intentionally kept the book short. As a child I always selected the longest books possible so that I got the biggest bang for my buck, but as an adult, I agree with her philosophy. In this 56-page book, every word counts.

If you are still weighing your options, this book will help you decide if indeed it is time for you to go back to work. If it is, Ms. Lang gives several options that you might not have considered that have worked for some of the women who she interviewed. She covers the resume, the interview, and that transition period from home to work that is full of mixed emotions.

The author has donated two copies. If you’d like to win, please leave a comment. We will post the winners on Thursday, January 24. You can buy a copy of the book through Bent Tree Press.


  1. says

    Loved the book. If I win I would be passing it on to my wonderful daughter-in-law. She is a stay at home mom at the moment and has her hands full with a 1 year old and 2 year old. I was also a stay at home mom and loved every moment and would not change how I did that. Also am glad that I took time to enjoy my sons when they were little.

    Annie B Lawrence
    Author Love’s Secret

  2. Jill H. says

    wow – sounds like a fantastic read, and one i could use right now, as I’m seriously thinking it’s time to go back to work, but am scared about jumping back into the workforce.

  3. Donna Coughlin says

    It sounds like a book I would love to read as I am in the middle of deciding whether to go back to the corporate world.

  4. Carolyn Correira says

    I would love to win this for my friends in Australia who just had their first baby…a baby boy. 😉 Thanks and Happy 2008!!

  5. kelley says

    I consider myself a sahm but I do work 4 hrs a week. I am thinking of stopping all together and being hoome with my lil girl. 4 hrs may not be alot but I have such anxiety every night before I work. I would love to read this book for some insight.

  6. says

    I work outside of the home already, but am always looking for ways to make this work better for us – any advice would be a big help, since yes, I am VERY short on time.

  7. Cindy says

    This book would certainly come in handy when it’s time to start thinking about my future and what I want to focus on – a huge decision!

  8. says

    Wow! Are you possibly spying on me???!! I have been filing out applications and sending out resumes for two months now with very few bites. It’s so frustrating because everyone sees the lag in my work history and doesn’t want to give me a chance.

    I feel like when they read it they think it screams ” I’m a mom and I won’t really be able to dedicate myself to your company” and then I get a nice polite rejection.’s.unreal.

  9. Brenda Howard says

    My daughter just gave birth to her first child 5 days ago this would be a good read for her, thanks and good luck to everyone

  10. Shari says

    This would be a great read. I never imagined myself as a SAHM but here I am in month 19 and I am tempted to go back, but also unsure if I want to ‘miss out’ on all the amazing things I get to experience as a SAHM. I’d love to read this. Thanks!

  11. Jocelyn G. says

    Pick me! I am working on my master’s and deciding if I will return to working fulltime next year or stay home with my little guy until he starts Kindergarten.

  12. Gina says

    Holy cow! were you reading my mind??? I am thrilled that I have stayed home with my lovely daughter, but I know I have to start thinking about going back to work. I just don’t know how to do it. I could REALLY use this book (I am sure my hubby thinks so, too!) :)

  13. Connie says

    This is great timing for me, it is what I am struggling with right now and would love some great advice! Financially would love to win it vs buying it….

  14. Tari Lawson says

    I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 13 years now. Next year, my youngest will be in school full time and I need to get myself back into the work force. This book sounds like a great way for me to get information on just how to do this.

  15. leslee says

    I would love to win this for my sister in law who is expecting her first baby, and wondering how to balance her job and a new baby.

  16. John says

    My Wife and I saw this site and She would really love to get this book we have 3 kids and one more on the way Thanks I hope I win


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