I work outside the home because I make more, I can feel like I have my own identify, and the more face time I have with my colleagues and higher-ups, the more valuable I appear. I can work at home on occasion, and do, or take time at the local Starbucks. But, overall, getting out of the house and being around adults and sharing work within a work setting helps me stay connected and on top of my game. I need to be more physically connected to feel productive. Virtual communications don't go as far for me as maybe they do for others. So in the end, it is about my work personality, the work personality of those I work with, and the selfish (yes selfish) quality of bringing in the most money I can to measure that I accomplished something. If I compromised, I think in the end I wouldn't be as happy and this would affect my ability to be a good mom.