“‘You can do it all, just not all at the same time,’ the chirpy-slash-pragmatic saying goes. And yet, I’ve interviewed hundreds of mothers who work outside the home, each of whom can tell you that the things on that list of “it alls” don’t like to wait in line.
As it turns out, tiny humans need to eat daily (in the beginning, 10 times daily), and deliverables at work need to be, well, delivered. If you’re lucky, you enjoy your work enough to feel the pull of wanting to be both at work and at home. If you’re not, you might do the math and consider joining the nearly one-third of workers with caregiver responsibilities who have quit to stay home. But in order to make change — and, yes, make money — you’ve got to stay in the game. Here’s how:
In her book “Forget Having It All,” Amy Westervelt sums up the working mom dilemma: “We expect women to work like they don’t have children, and raise children as if they don’t work.” That’s a recipe for mommy guilt — a term I’d like to outlaw for its implication that moms are committing some wrong by contributing to the economy and the human race at the same time. For me, context helps.”
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