A brief hiatus

Hi all! You may be wondering where I’ve been. I’m happy to share that my family recently welcomed a new little person into our lives. I had a baby several weeks ago and, as you can see, I have not had the opportunity to post regularly since that exciting event. I hope to resume posting soon, once my schedule becomes a tad more predictable. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @jacksoncareer or like our Facebook page to continue finding interesting links to career-related articles and resources.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to share an article that I recently read that relates to a career (?) that we don’t often talk about: motherhood. As all mothers know, being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs out there. But it is also a privilege to be able to raise children and spend quality time with them every day.

The article highlights one woman’s regret regarding her decision to abandon a very successful career and become a stay-at-home mom. Admittedly, it’s controversial, and fails to fully outline the “other side” of the argument, or the (likely) very logical and well thought out reasons why this woman made this choice in the first place. However, it is worth a read for both mothers and fathers alike who grapple with finding the right balance between managing their careers and enjoying precious moments with their families.

Luckily I’m fortunate to have a wonderful career that affords me balance and flexibility. However, the author of this article found herself in a highly demanding career that left her without much energy to devote to her family at the end of the day. In the end, she explained that she wished she would have kept one foot in the door of her office so to speak. In other words, if she could turn back time, she would find a way to keep developing and enhancing her career on a part time basis during those early years with young children.

What do you think? What sacrifices are you prepared to make for your career and family?