After working hard to earn advanced degrees and build successful careers, many moms are opting out of the workplace. It’s not because they are burned out or tired of hitting their heads on the glass ceiling. These educated and intelligent women are stepping off their hard-earned career tracks so that their children might someday step on.
Unlike the typical stay at home mom, these mothers chose to work when their children were young. They paid their dues in the workplace and through years of hard work and sacrifice, earned that corner office. But as their kids enter their final years of high school, many working moms are realizing their skills are needed at home. They are quitting their jobs to manage the business of getting their kids into college.
There are no statistics to back this up, but college counselors are reporting seeing more highly educated, professional women who’ve made navigating the college admissions process their full-time jobs. Hilary Levey, a fellow at Harvard University who specializes in family studies, agrees. She says for many working moms, the teen years bring about a shift in priorities.
“Raising the child sometimes becomes a career in itself. Instead of getting a promotion and measuring progress in professional sense, a way to measure how well you are doing is how well your child is doing.”
I think all mothers, working and non, use that same measuring stick. And I understand the desire to spend more time with your children as they enter their final years of high school and prepare to leave the nest. But I am perplexed by the idea that these obviously intelligent teens on the path to college need their mothers to help them get there.
Is all this really necessary? Or is this just a new breed of helicopter parent?
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