Linkedin for the stay-at-home mom

Ever wonder what your LinkedIn profile would look like if you filled it in as a stay-at-home mom? If you are a stay-at-home mom, have you updated your LinkedIn profile to reflect your current role? If not, why? It’s a question that made me shift uncomfortably in my seat.

A brief search on LinkedIn for “stay-at-home mom” yielded 92,191 results. Interesting, considering there are probably millions of profiles on LinkedIn, and I’m pretty sure there are many un-updated profiles of women and men who just didn’t think it was appropriate to include their current role.

I say shame on me for not owning up. “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” Ghandi is famously quoted as saying. Say it loud, and say it proud: I AM A STAY-AT-HOME MOM, EVERYONE. Here it is — my updated LinkedIn profile.


Experienced stay-at-home mother of two. Responsible for full-time management of children, home, and day-to-day budgeting.


Over two years of experience as a stay-at-home mother, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budgeting, event management, change management (we’re leaving the park now…), negotiation (sometimes hostile), sales, relationship building, mentoring, expert arbitrator, and scheduling. Skills developed include patience building, working in extremely ambiguous circumstances, ability to field and answer difficult questions, and conflict resolution.


English, French, Toddler-ese, and Preschooler.


Current role is unpaid and therefore a volunteer position.


A degree, a bunch of executive education, but nothing specific that could have prepared me for my current role.


Mommy groups, writer for Boston Moms, various other support groups.


“Nancy is an exceptional mother. She can balance multiple demands with the best of them. Our children are generally happy, clean, and well-fed by the time I get home at night. I would strongly recommend her as a mother.”

— J. Mack, husband

So there you have it — my updated LinkedIn profile. What do you think? Legit enough to actually use this online?


  1. I have heard from an HR professional that a lot of people have similar write ups on their resumes. Because of that recruiters are not too impressed by it. It might be slightly different for LinkedIn. It’s a great topic for discussion though.

  2. Hi Silvia –

    I feel a movement is forming. I also think it depends on the recruiter. Either way, I wouldn’t work for a company that didn’t value the experience I bring to the table as well as respecting the fact that in our modern world, work breaks happen and they don’t make you any less valuable. Check out this Ted Talk on exactly what I’m talking about:
    Also this one, a company that helps you relaunch your career after a break:

  3. So for recruiters who are not too impressed by a “similar” write up, what would they like to see? Are they simply not open to this role being on the resume, or are they looking for a different take on it? I do see write ups like this on LinkedIn and they don’t really capture what I’ve learned from parenting, let alone the stay at home years. Thanks!

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