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Incompatible careers for motherhood

Are all-or-nothing jobs appropriate for a mom?

by ResearchMom  |  3395 views  |  3 comments  |      Rate this now! 

As I gaze at my daughter and wonder about her future, the ideas I’ve shared in this article make me consider what I will tell her as far as her goals. Should I emphasize that if she wants to have children she should choose a family-friendly career? Or should I let her figure things out on her own? I would love to hear opinions from others about what makes a career compatible with motherhood.

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  • You know, I wish this was something I had considered when I was choosing my career path. When I was in college, all I cared about was being a successful career woman. I actually probably would have been offended if someone had insinuated I might want to put my career second to having children, or that I should even consider it. I didn't know that's what I would want until I had my precious little guy two years ago. Maybe there aren't any jobs that are truly mom-friendly. After all, we all know that motherhood doesn't come with a schedule or rules, and does. At some point work is always going to have to come before your kids.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by dirtysocksandfaxmachines on 25th October 2011

  • I think about the same question - should I advise my daughter that nursing and teaching are awfully convenient if she also wants to be a mother? (because they do seem to be the perfect careers for flexible scheduling...sorry, feminism...) Or let her discover this on her own?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by el-e-e on 12th October 2011

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