Here’s what working-outside-the-home mothers are told again and again: the early years of their kids’ lives are going to be tough. Sleep deprivation while trying to establish your career while working
I thought Sallie Krawcheck got a raw deal when she was asked to leave Merrill Lynch. I was there at the time, and thought she was fabulous. Reading many of her articles, including this one, allows me to know that my faith in her abilities isn’t unwarranted.
I really like what Sallie has to say here. If anything, it’s a relief to know, based on what she’s written here, that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, albeit a long tunnel. I’m right in the middle of those teen years with my son, and with his special needs piles on top of typical teen stuff, it’s not easy at all. Throw in the fact that I’m working two jobs, not just one, and that makes it all that much more difficult. Most women my age are coming to the end of those teen years, but not me, since I had my son later. And those “formative teen years” will probably extend beyond high school. My husband does help, but it’s not the same as being the mom.
I’m encouraged that eventually, things will let up, and I will be able to do more of what I want to do, and dedicate myself to projects that enthuse me more. Sallie says there’s a light at the end of the tunnel–I have to believe her right now.
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