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Did becoming a mom change your career aspirations?”

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  • Oh gosh yes. My current boss likes to joke that I traded in Air Force One for Thomas the Tank Engine...and that is what I did. I used to be a member of the White House Press Corps, covering the president for a wire service, but after my son was born...that was just so much more I stopped traveling...and traded in my White House press pass for a membership at The Little Gym.
    I've never been happier.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 7th January 2008

  • Hhmm, I was a politician and a adjunct professor. So I just dragged them (4 kids all under the age of 11) everywhere I needed to be. I packed each a activity bag with decent snacks, dolls, trucks cars, crayons and notepads. So on the nights I was in legislative sessions, there they sat on a blanket while I did my thing. If I had a teaching gig, I got a sitter. This became the norm. You mean there are women out there who don'yt do this? Let me meet them! I never thought of them as a barrier to my aspirations and ambition. They were as much a part of my decision to take on more or less depending on how I felt and what I could realistically do without cracking up. I mean I adopted them all so I made a conscience choice to be a Mom. Not that birth mothers don't have that option, but I chose 4 kids. If anything they have given me greater inspiration to start my own hustle and launch my own business endeavors.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lovebabz on 7th January 2008

  • Well, yes and no. I'm in the medical field and chose my sub-specialty in part because of less demanding and more flexible hours.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 7th January 2008

  • no, I knew that things would be a little harder being young and having a child, but once my son was born, it made me want to work that much harder to obtain my goals.....

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Erika on 6th January 2008

  • They kind of changed slowly over time. I became a step mom before I became a mom (truthfully, though, there isn't much difference between the two, for me). I was an editor in national and political news in 2001, and I was overseas when 9/11 happened. After that, I was surprised to discover that I was more worried about why my then-3-year-old was sleepwalking than I was about politics. And that was the turning point for me, more than having kids. At the end of my life, was I going to fret about not being editor-in-cheif of a major newspaper? Probably not. I stopped living to work, and started working to live.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th January 2008

  • Completely. I decided I wanted to start my own business instead of staying in corporate.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Karen on 6th January 2008

  • I am not a mom yet but I have huge appreciation for the job I had previously. I set my own hours and I had the same holidays as the school system. Now I work for the state and my time belongs to them. Most of my coworkers now have grown children so they really don't care about having scool holidays off or having to deal with a sick child. I think being a mom is going to be a challenge on this job.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by anjol35 on 6th January 2008

  • Yes, I walked away from a very good job, great pay, great benefits but lousy hours.......I walked away after 10 years.......Rasing my son ment more to me than a job..........As my grandmother said , maybe this is a bleesing you have been waiting for. And as I look back on the job......I really loved it and hated it at the same time.............NO STRESS

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kim Begnaud on 4th January 2008

  • Yes ... this is actually something that's been on my mind recently. While home over the holidays, my sister (who already has a BA and JD) announced to the family that she plans to earn a PhD, preferably at one of the Ivy League schools. She is married, but has no children. As she spoke about her own career aspirations, I was consoling my son who was momentarily INconsolable. In that moment, it occurred to me that I hadn't thought about career aspirations since delivering my son. That, I am very content -- and busy -- in my role as Dr. Mom .. which was a bit surprising considering that I've ALWAYS had a series of career goals. Still, I feel a bit defensive that I am content in my holding pattern and wonder if I, too, should be looking at the next title.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KC on 4th January 2008