The Daddy Track
For reasons I've never understood, someone always seems to be maligning The Mommy Track--that lower paid, slow-motion career progression some professional moms (like me) choose in exchange for more time with their kids. I happen to think The Mommy Track is pretty nifty. At least a few dads seem to be catching on, too, if this blog is representative.
"I've changed my career to support not just the raising of my three girls, but also to support my wife's career. My choices -- an unconventional path -- have actually enabled my professional and personal growth. If you are willing to take risks, pretty cool things happen." -- M., San Francisco, 42 years old, father of 3 girls under 12
Good point, M. I agree totally.
"I am an attorney. I made a conscious choice to work in a smaller firm where I make about half of what I could in a big-firm setting. But I don't work crazy hours -- no weekends, gone by six most nights. I don't regret the decision at all." - Brian, 32, St. Louis, father of 4 year old and expecting a baby
Bravo, Brian. Working weekends is the worst -- basically impossible if you have more than one child with weekend activities.
"I gave up a lucrative executive position to spend more time with my two young children. Colleagues thought I was crazy. But I have no remorse. I have a very fulfilling 9-5 job and know that I have the talent to go back to a job like my old one in the future when my kids get older. I have the best career in the world -- being a dad." - Anonymous, dad to two young children under 5
I love you, Anonymous.
"My new employer is six miles from home. I will be able to drop off and pick up kids from private school and still be on time at work. The pay cut is money well spent to be closer to home and my children. My wife will now have more time to concentrate on her job and more than make up the difference." -- Joe, 39, Virginia, two kids ages 5 and 1
Maybe things are changing. Will our culture disparage The Daddy Track, too? Or praise it to high heaven because men are now dignifying the compromises women make for kids? Can you come roaring back from the Mommy -- and Daddy -- track?
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