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Home > Blog > Stay-at-home Yale-Educated Lawyers
Out of Our Minds
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:00 AM
Stay-at-home Yale-Educated Lawyers
Anita Sharpe on Business

When it comes to mothers, in my experience, there are two groups that are just about equally miserable: moms who work or travel all the time (consultants, law-firm associates, etc.) and full-time stay-at-home mothers. Nevertheless, the former seem to think the latter group has it made.

The New York Times has an interesting story about increasing numbers of Yale and Princeton coeds who plan to work a couple of years and then stay home with the kids.

Again, based on my experience, the happiest mothers are those who work but have some control over their days so they can attend the soccer matches and help with homework. Something tells me these young Ivy Leaguers are going to grow bored quickly and start businesses they can control. And this may hasten a new business class in America and a new definition of success.


4 comments

Freida - 9/20/2005 10:19:56 PM
It goes something likes this, 'We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us'. Because of the women's movement dating back to the Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton era and on through the 60's and 70's, women of our generation now have more choices. The combination of their sacrifices and fight for equality as well as our own initiative to become educated and get working experience gives many of us the choice to be able to take a step away from our heavy career track in order to be more directly involved with our kids' lives. I'm a mom, a wife AND a part-time worker and am happy with my arrangement. It works for me and I help it work for others as a recruiter for moms who want to work under their terms and be at the bus at 3 PM. We have great freedom to make our own opportunities. Thanks for the article!
Liz de Nesnera - 9/20/2005 2:56:05 PM
I just read the Times article and thought the same way that you did Anita. I'm not a Mom, but I am a caregiver who has the primary responsibility of taking care of MY mom who's in a wheelchair. Role-reversal galore! I worked a very hectic job for 9 years. I was always stressed, working late for someone elses passion...then got laid off in May. So...I decided to start my own business. We don't have kids, but the responsibility of my mother's care means that I am responsible to someone other than just to my husband and myself. But I would be totally crazed if all I did was take care of her. You need a balance in your life. Your passion and your family. Why are we back to having to make a choice either/or? Besides what can you know about the curves life will throw you when you're only 19? ;-)

Liz
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 9/20/2005 11:08:40 AM
I have to admit I am not an Ivy League educated woman. That said there is definitely a growing trend for women to merge life style with work style. More new businesses are started up each year, at least in Canada, by women and, more businesses headed by women thrive compared to men. I always had my own business after I left the corporate banking world just so that I could be home with the kids. I would not have changed it for a minute but there certainly were times when travel and not having to stay up all night with one or more sick kids seemed more appealing to me. There is a balance and it bears looking into. Everybody will be better off for a mom, or dad, staying home, if that's what they want to do. Living la vida fearless,
Jan
www.tobeyourbest.net
Jill - 9/20/2005 9:19:59 AM
Some valuable information - Thank you!

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