You know all those articles that say that women suffer a career crisis when they decide to have kids? They always leave me unsettled because I know so many brilliant, thriving women who have a strong career, wonderful kids and a solid marriage.
Will kids change your work? Yes, they will, but probably for the better and I’m not saying there won’t struggles because there will be.
You’ll undoubtedly have those days with sick kids, no babysitter, and a crazed, chaotic existence but this triple whammy of marriage, career, and kids can work out. Just look around…how many powerful women do you know who are keeping all the balls in the air and somehow making it work?
Still don’t believe me? Well, then take a look at this year’s list of Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. You’ll notice that eight of the top ten are moms, and the majority of women on the list have children. Yep, moms. Something about that just makes me wanna scream girl power!
Here are some notables:
—First Lady Michelle Obama
—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
—Anne Sweeney, Disney Co-Chair
—Ariana Huffington, Huffington Post Editor
—Margaret Chan, Director, World Health Organization
—Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
—Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Some of the women on the list such as Christine Amanpour, Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Sawyer, and Oprah Winfrey are childless by choice so far, but some are still young and might have kids, like Lady Gaga and Shakira.
Yes, mothering is hard whether you’re a SAHM or a working mom, but kids will never keep you from doing anything you strive to do. So please, let’s stop believing these depressing articles that downplay the career success of mothers. Having children is a blessing, struggle, joy, puzzle, and strength …and it will only hold you back if you let it!
Congratulations to all the ladies who made the list!
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