Magazine article Working Mother

You Said It

Magazine article Working Mother

You Said It

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Like Courtney Nowell ["We're for Opting In," February], I, too, am an attorney and have personally wrestled with the desire to stay at home with my 7-month-old son. I also have a strong need to be productive and to use the education that I worked so hard to achieve. This article helped me really consider the pros and cons of each option. I am happier than ever with my decision to go back to work. I believe that I am a more well-rounded mother because of the time I spend at work, and the time that I spend with my son is quality time, all of the time. - Michelle Shirley, Nashville, TN

We Chose to Work

The opting-in article was one of the best I've ever read! My husband and I also decided to continue pursuing our careers while raising our three children. Thanks for the inspiration! -Monica Sowers, St. Charles, IL

All About the Children

I like to tell my children that I became an adventure writer and national athlete because of them. It is important for my children to see how strong and determined moms are and to learn that we can balance family and work-not always gracefully-and love it. My g-year-old daughter told me that a boy in her gym class said, "My dad can beat up any dad there is," and she replied, "He might be able to beat up other dads, but he can't beat up my mom!" That is cool. Thank you for a great, supportive magazine. -Alexandra Allred, Midlothian, TX

What's Next?

Thank you for the article on changes in career paths ["All the Right Moves," December/January]. I worked 6o-hour weeks until my oldest child started high school, then I began working part-time. …

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