Working Parents Dilemma: Part-Time Hours, Full-Time Ambition

My phone-in meeting with research colleagues has started late and I am pushing the limits of my son’s extended preschool day. My child will be the last one picked up, and I am about to seriously irritate the teachers who are itching to go home.

Here’s where I reveal myself to my colleagues, my childcare providers, and my child: I fall short of what most people expect from me as an ambitious professional and a committed parent.

I don’t need to rehash the whole conversation about the balance between work and parenthood—it’s already tediously present in the public domain. I sometimes wonder how there could be more to say on the matter. Yet, the path that resides between the full-time professional life that some parents lead and the touted all-in parenthood existence that is maintained by many others is nearly invisible…

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