Stay at Home Parent Resignation Letter Example

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Any job resignation requires formal notice, even if you’re leaving for a positive reason, such as becoming a stay at home parent or if you are just becoming pregnant. It's a good idea to formally let your manager know that you're resigning and to provide a letter for your employee file with the details.

If you are leaving your job to stay home with your kids, you can use the template below to craft your letter.

Please note the letter is just an example, and you’ll want to tailor the specifics to fit your individual circumstances. 

What to Write in Your Letter

It’s important to stick to the format of the letter, along with the tone: your communications should be first and foremost professional, polite, positive and grateful. 

Also keep in mind that although you should offer a brief explanation as to why you have made your decision, the bulk of your letter should not be dedicated to this reasoning. You don’t owe your employer an extremely long-winded description of your specific situation. This can actually work against you.

It’s best to keep it simple and keep the focus on your good experience in the position, your gratitude for the opportunity, and your interest in maintaining an ongoing professional relationship with your employer after your departure. 

That way, should you need a reference or networking assistance if or when you choose to return to work, you will be able to reach out to this former employer.

Here is a template you can use for your resignation letter.

Stay at Home Parent Resignation Letter Sample

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number

Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am writing to formally notify you of my resignation from my position at XYZ.

As you are aware, my wife has been at home with our daughter and her maternity leave is coming to an end next month. In order to alleviate the transition, I have decided to stay at home with our child while my wife returns to work. 

Despite the many wonderful years I have spent with XYZ, I am excited to embark on a new challenge: being a stay-at-home dad. I will miss my job and the amazing people I have had the pleasure of working with throughout the years.

Thank you so much for all of the opportunities and experiences you have provided me during my time with the company.

I appreciate your support and understanding, and I wish everyone a successful future. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to alleviate the transition.

I hope we can stay in touch and enjoy a mutually beneficial professional relationship in the future.

Yours truly,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality.

Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.