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How old were you when you had kids? Did it affect your career path?”

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  • I was 33 when I had my daughter last summer. I think that by not having a child until my 30s, I've come further in my career than I would have if I had a child earlier. I'm happy where I am now, although having a child definitely affects working life, no matter how much you think it won't.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amanda on 10th June 2008

  • I was 33 when I had my daughter last summer. I think that by not having a child until my 30s, I've come further in my career than I would have if I had a child earlier. I'm happy where I am now, although having a child definitely affects working life, no matter how much you think it won't.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amanda on 10th June 2008

  • I was 24 when I had my son, and yes, it did affect my career path. I was a semester away from doing my student teaching when I found out I was pregnant, and I was actually due the semester I was supposed to start. So I took a year off, did my student teaching when he was 1 1/2 years old, and then I was able to get a teaching job. It wasn't a bad setback, it just took a little longer than I had intended.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by picturehappymommy on 27th May 2008

  • 29. Didn't really affect my career path, but certainly does affect daily work. But, it's a welcome change!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KC on 25th May 2008

  • I was 25 with my first and 26 with the second. I had no career plans, so it didnĀ“t mess them up, but staying home all day with a baby drove me nuts, so it actually inspired me to start working from home and build up my own business.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Genesis on 24th May 2008

  • I had my kids at 27, 29 and 30. Did it affect my career? Yes and no. Before my first was born, I was very interested in the "executive track" at work. No one told me that I couldn't do it with kids, but I ended up deciding that middle-management is probably a better fit for me so that I can be the type of mom that I want to be, if that makes any sense. A few years later, I started working a reduced work schedule for the same company...and I've worked a variety of schedules over the last few years (currently 33) ranging from 3 days/week to full-time. I did continue to get promoted while on those schedules...but I do think the multiple leaves/reduced schedule did slow down my promotions.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jen S on 23rd May 2008

  • 34, just had a baby this year. She hasn't affected my career yet - but I expect she will. And, I dont' think I care...if making partner by 40 were a important to me, I'd have to get ready for disappointment I think. But I'm OK with cruising where I am now and enjoying her childhood. I worked hard to get where I am, and I'll work hard at my career again when she's gorwn up!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Hope on 22nd May 2008

  • I was almost 38 when I had my son. My career (in public accounting) was established, but I pretty much had to get off of the partner track at that time. It's hard to be there for your clients 24/7 when you are working 20 hours a week. The firm was happy to keep me in a non-partner track until I was ready to go back to it. This is a HUGE shift in the profession. It used to be up or out, period. I decided that I probably wouldn't want to get back on the partner track for several years, so I started looking for other options. After a couple of years of mixing working for a firm part-time with adjunct teaching, I've made the jump to full-time teaching. Although this brings with it a lot of new stresses, I think my schedule will be more predictable. I can always go back into industry.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 22nd May 2008

  • 19,30,34. My first was my inspiration to get a life! :) My last two were when my career was getting established. At times the balancing act was crazy (my kids are a bit older now with my youngest 5) but I'm pretty established in my career now and happy with how far I've come. If I did it again, I'd have had them all young and then get to focus fully on my career after. Starting, stopping, and starting again was a bit rough.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Michele on 22nd May 2008

  • i put off having my son becuase i was trying to build my career and figure out what i wanted - and then he was born and things just fell into place. I am lucky to work for a family friendly company and having a child really has no negative affect on my career whatesoever. this makes the decisions around number 2 just our personal decisions - nothing to do with my career.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 22nd May 2008

  • I had my kids at 27 and 29. I stopped working at my 9-to-5 (which was really more like a 7-to-6!) after my second was born because after paying for childcare for two kids, there wouldn't be enough left to make it worth it. I wouldn't say my career was completely derailed though because I'm working part-time from home now. I bring in more income putting in maybe 10 hours a week now than I would have putting in 40-60 hours a week because of having no childcare costs.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Caitlin on 22nd May 2008

  • I was 31 when I had Nick. It did not really affect my career path. That is also when I decided to go back to school for my Masters degree which I should be done with by next spring if all goes as planned. When I pass all 4 classes I am taking this summer, I will have my practicum and internship left.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jacqueline on 22nd May 2008