I feel very fortunate to live in the United Kingdom, where you have 12 months of maternity leave and are able to request a return part time afterward. If I had three tips for myself years ago they would be:
- Don’t leave the workplace, if possible. Ramping up is easier to do than starting afresh. The young baby stage doesn’t last forever, even if it feels like it.
- Make peace with your choices. I have taken a different career path because of choosing to work part time.
- Find a partner who will tag team with you on the juggle that working and raising children is; regularly revisit the balance between you to make sure it feels right.
—Jennie Drimmer ’99, two children, 5 and 8
SAQ, Winter 2015–16