I recently picked up a copy of Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide for Comeback Moms by Mary Quigley and Loretta Kaufman just to see what they had to say about the options for women who want to return to the workforce after becoming parents. I'm happy to see that the book lives up fairly well to it's claim of containing "winning strategies and essential information for recharging a career or starting anew".
This book has plenty of anecdotes from the moms who have "been there and done that". It covers the basics for women who have just had their little ones and want to head back to work when maternity leave is done and for the ones who just found themselves with an empty nest and some time on their hands for a new career. The authors ask plenty of questions to get you thinking about what's right for you when it comes to an industry, a schedule, benefits and even building a business (by yourself, with your spouse or with a business partner). An entire chapter is devoted to family issues, from dealing with the issues that come with working and still raising school-age children to coping with elder care and a career.
The book also covers the basics for those who would prefer a traditional career path with some family-friendly options, such as job-sharing, flextime and other creative routes to a family/work balance. All in all, it's a good read, with reminders to make sure that volunteer work goes on your resume and well, how to even get a resume ready again!