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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Too few choices

When a woman has a baby, she usually gets two choices.

She can hire a childcare person so that she can continue her career, or she can be at home with her child. For some reason, there really doesn't seem to be a way to mix the two.

I fall into the second category. I'm grateful that I even get to choose to be home with my son. Some women need to put their kids in day care or hire a nanny so that they can keep the paychecks coming in.

But there should be a third option: a way to mix motherhood with career.

That's where I come in. I'm determined to find a way to be a mom and to continue a meaningful career too.

Suzanne, Mother in Chief


  1. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Terrific! Personally, I can't wait to hear what you've learned.

  2. First, I have to say that I love your tagline - "Driving to playgroup, but driven to work." It's fabulous!

    I completely agree that there does not seem to be a good way for moms to balance children and careers. Why isn't the workforce more open to job shares, for example? Do our legislators make it unattractive or cost-prohibitive for things like this to work on a widespread basis?

  3. I was given 1 choice, and I hate it, to stay at work full time, because not all of us can live in the bay area on one paycheck.
    I would love to job-share. Someone needs to work that angle and save all us mom's who hate being away from our little ones all week.
    You'd think there would be a service out there for job-sharing (like a ManPower agency). Wouldn't that be great?

  4. Anonymous3:32 PM

    it's all true! while the early childhood years are the most challenging they are also the most fleeting. before you can say "another poopie?!!" they are off to kindergarten and moving swiftly toward independence day. your motherwork is thankless today but that child will know it was mommy who wiped up spills from that same spot or read that same book over and over. nobody does it better than mom. then you carry on where you left off after they've grown...your blog is great and it will help keep your skills sharp. rock on! -xx rhea

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