Every mom is different, but for me, knowing myself means knowing that I need to be a working mom. Even with three daughters at home. Here are the reasons why.
1. I went to graduate school with the…intention of using my degree. Graduate school is where I really learned my profession and I’ll be damned if I don’t apply what I learned to make the world a better place (not only for my kids, but everyone). 2. I am passionate about my work. You know what I am not passionate about? Letting… >> Read More
The battle between two competing desires—the desire to achieve and the desire to engage with loved ones—rages within many working parents. But on my recent maternity leave, I hoped I might get a…reprieve. After all, I’m not just a mommy (a few times over), I’m also a credentialed psychologist specializing in the treatment of new parents. Yep, I naively expected my third maternity leave would be smooth, psychologically and otherwise. Yet my reality turned out just like that of every ambitious parent in love with their delightful… >> Read More
Day one of my Adult Protective Services (APS) job: I’m pounding on the client’s door, and no one is answering. Come on, I think. I got through my 10-year undergraduate plan, my Master’s…program, I passed my clinical exams, and I got my clinical licensure. I have had years of social service jobs. I’ve read through the client’s file, and I have the correct paperwork. I’m ready, dammit. Ready to change the world, one client at a time, and yet there's Still. No. Answer. In fact, I can… >> Read More
Being a woman, especially a mom, seems to be under attack these days (hello, preexisting conditions!). But doesn't it seem like considering C-sections preexisting conditions, and not having federal…mandated maternity/parental leave, are counterintuitive to a better economy? Well, you aren't the only one asking that question (or worrying about how you're going to survive). Economists are looking into these questions too. According to an article Bloomberg, women's progress in the workplace has "stalled," and that "women's participation in the U.S. workforce peaked two decades ago. And… >> Read More
I had reason to dig up my resumé a few weeks back. After I brushed off the proverbial dust that had collected in the years since I last updated it, I got to work plugging in the highlights of this…most recent era of my life. How strange, to summarize such large swaths of time in a few phrases. A resumé is reductive by nature and misleading in that it only tells but a tiny part of the whole story. It is a broad-scale tool, one that lacks flesh and color. The details are hidden… >> Read More