ABSTRACT

Work is central to many of our lives, but when children come along, our priorities shift and life becomes a lot more complicated. Working out how your career can fit into your new lifestyle is not easy. In this chapter, we examine the different ways that parents’ careers develop, the struggles they face and the creative solutions they find. The options are illustrated with vignettes from a range of inspiring mothers and fathers who have found ways to make their choices work for themselves, their partners, their employers and their children, and the chapter ends with some ideas for making the options work and a few thoughts about the role that society and employers can play to ensure that parents in the future find the compromises that they face easier to resolve.