Women’s Work-Life Balance

As a woman who is married, pregnant, and in my last semester of college, I often worry about whether or not I will be comfortable leaving someone at home to watch over my child while my husband and I are at work. I do feel maternal instincts to want to be around the baby for every moment as to reassure the child that I am, in fact, it’s mother, but I am also torn between wanting to advance in a career while taking care of kids. I’m well aware that I’m not the only one that feels this way, and it sometimes occurs to me that there might not be another way to have a career and raise children at the same time. The only way to have a different approach would be to literally feel differently about being at work with someone else at home. I don’t know if that is the ultimate solution to the mommy track versus ‘having it all’ feud. Of course, the way I see it, ‘having it all’ means that there is no guilt associated with leaving to go to work while someone else is taking care of your children. In that way, I guess having it all means something different to everyone. What is the ultimate solution to transitioning out of the traditional ways of care-taking while working? Honestly, I think that it’s a combination of changing the way we think about how things should be happening and coming to a universal understanding simultaneously.

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