Chapter 1 What You Weren’t Told About “Having It All”

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I recall several years in my preteens focusing on my future career as a teacher. As I entered high school, my thoughts turned to more business-like pursuits, such as marketing or advertising. By the time I started college, I had changed my mind again, and I continued to change my mind and make plans all the way through my 20s. I went to graduate school, twice. Similar to many people, I twisted and turned through my career path, spending much time reflecting on finding a meaningful career choice.

Not once during all of my planning and preparing did I consider where parenthood would fit in my career. I knew someday I would be a parent, ...

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