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For Working Parents, Something Has To Give

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Working parents have to make compromises

None of us can do it all. We can be great moms, have stellar careers, love our partners and even get a little rock-and-roll in around the edges. But we can’t do all of it all the time. We’ll always run into a schedule conflict that can’t be resolved, or just hit the limits of our own abilities to multi-task. Where by “multi-task” I mean “stay awake”.

Mom 101 writes movingly about the things she misses out on doing with her kids, being a working mother. Mostly she’s made her peace with it: missing the playground dates and the music classes. She can’t get over not being at every doctor’s appointment, though.

For me, the big thing is learning to read. I want to be sitting there with my daughter when she cracks that magic code. Learning to read is among my most cherished childhood memories. But someone else is teaching her. She comes home from school each day with some new piece of the puzzle figured out. Today her 1st grade teacher taught her how to write the date.

We read together every day, but it’s clear that I’ve passed the teacher hat. I won’t see her read a sentence aloud for the first time; she’s already done it at school.

What’s the hardest compromise you’ve had to make as a working parent?

Photo: mirimcfly

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