I am the mother of two and have worked full time for most of their lives. The key to success was:
- Finding great child care. My children were loved and exposed to so many more things than I could have done with them as a stay-at-home mom. We all need to advocate for more quality child care and early childhood education for children regardless of our place on the income spectrum.
- Having a parenting partner who truly shares the workload. When one child was sick, my husband and I would determine who had the more important meetings that day.
- Finding an employer who allows you to be involved in your children’s school activities is key. I still got to go on school field trips or volunteer in the children’s classroom experience.
Life is never boring as a parent, and there will always be constant challenges in the work/life balance struggle. Juggling it all is part of the adventure.
—Colleen Mahony ’87, two children, 12 and 15
SAQ, Winter 2015–16