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United Airlines Flight Attendant

Earned my first set of wings when my daughter was only 6 months old

A flight attendant career after motherhood? YOU BET!

Diving into a flight attendant career later in life, especially as a stay-at-home mom, is like opening a new chapter of adventure. But let’s be real, it’s not all about glamorous destinations and free flights. There’s a lot to juggle, and it’s a mix of amazing perks and some real challenges.

The Exciting Part: Travel and Flexibility 

First up, let’s talk about the fun stuff. Being a flight attendant means you get to travel – a lot. We’re talking new cities, different cultures, and some pretty cool layovers. And guess what? You often get travel benefits. Imagine jetting off with the family on discounted flights! Plus, the schedule can be flexible. Some moms I know work about 15 days a month, which is pretty manageable.

The Real Talk: Unpredictable Schedules and Last-Minute Childcare

But here’s the flip side. The schedule can be unpredictable, especially when you’re new. You might find yourself working holidays or missing important family events. And let’s not forget the last-minute childcare scrambles. When you’re on call or when schedules change unexpectedly (ie. your flight delays to the point you can’t get home until the next day), you need a solid backup plan for the kiddos.

Family Dynamics: Support is Key

Having a supportive partner is a game-changer. When you’re up in the air, your partner’s on ground duty with the kids. There is also away time from each other so trust and communication is VITAL! It’s about teamwork. Plus, adjusting your household budget is crucial since the job might not always be high-paying, but the travel perks make up for it.

Self-Care and Personal Growth

And, super important – don’t forget about self-care. It’s easy to get caught up in being supermom and super flight attendant. But you need ‘me time’ too. Whether it’s chilling in a hotel room watching Netflix (also known as slamclicking) or just enjoying a quiet coffee during a layover, it’s crucial to recharge.

The Late Bloomer Advantage

Here’s a little secret: starting this career later in life has its advantages. There’s no mandatory retirement age, and with your life experience, you bring a lot to the table. And it’s a popular choice for people looking for a second career. So, if you’re in your 40s or 50s and thinking about it, you’re not alone.

So, Is It for You?

It really boils down to what you want. If you love the idea of constantly being on the go and exploring new places, this could be your dream job. But if you’re more of a homebody, it might be a bit of a stretch. Although, I’m a big homebody who loves to visit new places so you never know…

Bottom line – being a flight attendant as a mom is totally doable. It’s about finding the right balance, having a solid support system, and embracing both the fun and the challenges. And who knows? It might just be the adventure you’ve been looking for.

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