There are plenty of factors to consider when faced with the decision to work outside the home as a parent. It's a privilege to stay home for some and it's a necessity for others. The same goes for the decision to return to the work force. For me, it was nice to have the opportunity to earn money, associate with adults regularly, and brush the dust off my skills. However, financial restraints pushed me out the door a little bit sooner than I was ready for. I still needed a little support in the beginning to successfully make the change.
"In 1986, I joined the US Navy right out of high school. Growing up poor, with little or no chance at attending a college or university, I walked into the US Navy Recruiting Station in Bend, Oregon and signed up. I recall feeling several emotions that day. Excitement predominated the gamut, but there was a distinct amount of fear at becoming a Navy Sailor."