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Can workplace skills help parents?


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For years, professional moms turned empty nesters have found themselves entering or re-entering the paid workforce. When preparing their resumes, they must take time to relate how their skills as parents can translate successfully to a particular labor market. And today, in an age of "economommies" -- stay-at-home moms returning to the paid workforce due to financial necessity -- the trend continues. As the gainful employment of these women attests, moms (and dads) can bring many home-honed skills to the labor force table. But, is the reverse true?

In the past few decades, the average age of women giving birth has gone up, and the number of women who had their first child after age 35 increased eight-fold between 1970 and 2006 [source: Matthews & Hamilton].

Meanwhile, the number of women in the workforce, which has been growing steadily for the better part of a century, last year was on the cusp of overtaking the number of men in the workforce [source: Cauchon].

Whether it's due to modern medicine pushing back the biological clock, or an emphasis on career success, couples who choose to begin their families later in life do so with a little extra help -- the lessons learned from all those years of working.

If you're wondering how 15 years of being a graphic designer, film librarian, landscape contractor or magazine editor could affect your parenting skills, read on to discover what you've learned in the workplace and how it might translate to another work environment -- your home.