Go Home Again
Getting your former job back may not be as difficult as it sounds, nor will a change of heart make you look foolish. "Tell your boss that you really miss working, and want to come back," says Joan K. Peters, author of When Mothers Work. If your position has already been filled, ask her if she'll call colleagues on your behalf.
Make a Change
Going back to work needn't mean going back to your old job, says career coach Gladys Kartin, of Englewood, NJ: Some moms jump-start a new career; others create their own business in the field they know.
Look for Family-Friendly Companies
Be realistic about how much time you want to devote to work now. Find out how long a typical day is at companies you interview with; ask around for the names of current employees who can give you a candid answer. Or search out a business that offers flextime or job sharing.