Jump to content


  • Gertrude Lyons

    Dr. Gertrude Lyons is a Master Life Coach, Relationship Expert, and Director of Family Programs for The Wright Foundation with over 20 years of experience. Through her Rewriting The Mother Code initiative, which challenges the traditional notions of motherhood and womanhood, Dr. Lyons has become a national mothering revolutionary. An NPN member since 1998, Gertrude and her husband, Rich, raised their two daughters Morgan (24) and Hannah (22) in the Andersonville neighborhood.

    Navigating the Great Resignation as a parent

    Before you make a big leap, take some time to assess and create a vision for your career and family life

    We have all seen the headlines around the growing exodus in the labor force with people leaving in what appears to be record numbers. The “Great Resignation” is real and it is impacting all if us in both direct and indirect ways.

    First, let’s do a brief overview of some of the data. The biggest exodus seems to be in the accommodations and food service industry, with retail next. Interestingly, this trend was happening before the pandemic and researchers aren’t sure if the continued trend was due to the pandemic or not. Healthcare workers are quitting and finding alternatives due to burnout and dissatisfaction (can we blame them?!).

    [Related: Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier]

    None of this is cut-and-dry, and researchers are working to get at what is really going on, but I believe it is super important to acknowledge the disparity in reasons people are leaving. Some are leaving good jobs for better work environments and more flexibility — these are the fortunate ones. The other broad category is comprised of folks who are experiencing truly deplorable work conditions and have to choose between unhealthy work environments and survival. And how very different it is for women who have consistently outnumbered men in exiting the workforce out of necessity to care for children, aging parents, sick relatives, or all of them at once.

    [Related: How to hire more moms? Corporate America needs to learn to share]

    We are all a part of, and impacted by, this world phenomenon. What is important about understanding the bigger picture is being aware that it unconsciously sways our own behaviors. Suddenly we are given permission to think about our work life in very different ways prompting us to ponder the following questions:
    * How do we think about being a working parent now vs. pre-pandemic?
    * Are there aspects of our job that previously didn't bother us, but now do?
    * How do we think differently about our role as a working parent vs. pre-pandemic?

    Personally, I fall into the privileged category of assessing a work-life situation that is already good, but the pandemic has brought up gaps and caused me to step back and inventory what aspects I love, and what I want to change. As a coach and facilitator, I love being with people and did not think I could take my practice online and keep the same level of impact. Our children are recently out of college, and this new flexibility has caused some regret to surface around being physically gone many evenings and weekends while I was raising them. I would say I value time, nature, and learning and growing more than I realized before the pandemic, and I am changing my work situation significantly to have more of what nourishes me.

    I have found in my coaching of couples and families that many had previously gone along with the program as it was scripted, and are now stepping back and assessing their priorities. In many fields, it is a job-seeker's market, but before you make a big leap, take some time to assess and create a vision for your career and family life.



    Gertrude Lyons

    Dr. Gertrude Lyons is a Master Life Coach, Relationship Expert, and Director of Family Programs for The Wright Foundation with over 20 years of experience. Through her Rewriting The Mother Code initiative, which challenges the traditional notions of motherhood and womanhood, Dr. Lyons has become a national mothering revolutionary. An NPN member since 1998, Gertrude and her husband, Rich, raised their two daughters Morgan (24) and Hannah (22) in the Andersonville neighborhood.


    Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash



    Edited by NPN Lauren


    More related articles

    Raise your hand if you're burned-out from planning weeknight dinners

    Make dinner exciting again! Connect with others while sharing your very own recipes in NPN’s first-ever cookbook.

    Why I loved returning to work after maternity leave

    When my turn came to drop off my 3-month-old at daycare, very little of my experience mirrored the typical tale.

    Daycation: All I ever wanted

    How to spend one blissful day all to yourself

    Alright, I'll say it: I am so over COVID!

    I’m writing this to encourage all of us to speak our truth on our toughest days, and to allow our kiddos to do the same.



  • Join NPN!
    Become a part of our Chicago parenting community. Learn about member benefits and start connecting to other city parents today!

Privacy Policy Membership Terms

© 2022 Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Thank you for visiting our site. Browsing this site is an acceptance of our We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. and Terms of Use.