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The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work by Lori K. Long Ph.D.

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Chapter 2 Preparing for Family-Friendly Work

Luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. I heard that on Oprah a while back. I don’t often quote celebrities, but when I heard this, it stuck with me. Other parents often tell me that I am “lucky” to have my work arrangement. I have a fulfilling career, but I still spend as much time as I want with my kids. For the most part, I have solved the difficult equation that allows me to successfully integrate work into my life. I used to think I was “lucky,” too. But then I heard Oprah Winfrey’s definition of luck: Luck is where preparedness meets opportunity.

I have this great work/life arrangement because I had the right preparation when the right opportunities came my way. I knew what kind of work ...

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