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Last by Lady Scientist on Aug 03, 2010, 7:39pm
In conjunction with many of the other bloggers on Lab Spaces today, I am going to share my perspective on work:life balance, a topic I am familiar blogging about. *grins*
My perspective is that of a working mom. As a lab manager I am fortunate to have a much more consistent work schedule than many other mothers in science, but that does not mean it is is easy by any stretch of the imagination. There are so many things that make it nearly impossible for find true, consistent balance when you are a mother and a career scientist:
The extra financial burden
Finding good affordable childcare
The extra time required when you are responsible for another person/people
The lack of accommodations for things like breastfeeding, sick days, emergency back-up childcare
The fact that science isn't always a Monday-Friday 9-5 job
The constant self-doubt that you aren't doing a good job at home or at work
The feeling that you just don't have it together
And that is only the tip of the iceberg.
But what would I say is the biggest problem I face when it comes to balancing motherhood and a science career?
That is easy: THE GUILT.
Guilt is a common thread that runs though all of those situations. Guilt is the emoti . . . More