with Amy Urquhart
I’m Amy and I’ve spent the last three years trying to strike that perfect balance between being a wife, mom and professional career woman. I’ve decided that I’ll never perfect the art of “having it all”, but this blog is a chronicle of my attempts to continue to do so. I’m a blogger (my personal blog about Canadian home life is Hearts into Home), gardener, college instructor, wife to Graham and mom to Nate. If you’re also a working mom who finds there just aren’t enough hours in the day, I hope you’ll enjoy this column!
Read her blog at Hearts into Home.
After watching this “60 Minutes Overtime” interview with CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan — who was beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo last week, prompting some media executives to consider pulling their female reporters out of Egypt — I’m struck by one observation she shares.
In the interview, which aired in September 2010, the 39-year-old journalist describes coming under fire while with US troops in Afghanistan. “I ran for cover. Usually, I would run for the cameraman,” she says. “But once you have two little babies at home, you have a little different perspective on things.”
As working moms, we’re all too aware of how other people may (or may not) perceive us once we become parents. Studies show that the age-old gender gap has been replaced by the motherhood penalty. Some companies woo parents with work-life balance-improving benefits and then penalize employees for using them. We worry that we’re seen as slackers if we have to dash out of work to pick up a sick child, or if we can’t stay late to work on an important project.
But what we don’t often talk about is whether our feelings about our jobs change when we have kids. Not whether we’d rather work from home (or go into an office) or whether we want to downshift from full time to part time or opt out of the workforce entirely. I mean how becoming a parent can influence the work we do, and the risks we’re willing to take while doing it.
So, let’s talk. Did you view your job differently once you became a parent? What do you do, and how did your perspective change?
Photo: CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan in Iraq (Photo from CBS News)
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