Why Work-Life Integration Is The New Norm

Life is not neat; it can be messy. There is no such thing as 50-50. Life can include career and family.

I’m 57 years old and in my generation, it wasn’t a given for a woman to work. I was the Peggy Olson from Mad Men: For the most part, I was the exception to the rule in my kids’ school. Today, it’s quite normal to have two working parents.

Still, people ask me all the time, ‘How did you do it?’ I raised my three children while being married to a doctor and pioneering online technology at the same time. The short answer is, it’s not easy, but it is doable. Maybe not in the classic textbook way, but definitely in the way that worked for us. Hardly perfect, but who is to say what perfection is? It was perfect for us.

My husband and I made a conscious decision early on that if we were both to have careers, we would both need to share the responsibility. We did not have traditional mother-father roles; we were co-parents. Rather, we divided and conquered together with lots of calendar coordination along the way. If one of us had to travel for work, we made sure the other was home. Our kids didn’t care who was home as long as one of us was there, and we never missed the important moments.

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