How An Unexpected Baby Affects Your Career, For Better And Worse

September 24, 2019  |  
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Ideally, the whole career/family thing goes according to plan. We’d all like to be killing it in our careers, with a lot of money in the bank and plenty of clout in our industry before throwing the giant wrench into our lives that is a baby. The more secure our lives feel, perhaps the less of a commotion that wrench will cause (though any mom will tell you there’s no such thing as minimizing the havoc that comes with motherhood). But, things don’t always go according to plan. You can forget to take your pill right on time for a couple of days or fail to realize that spermicide was expired and, whoops, you and your partner are pregnant ahead of schedule. Interestingly enough, I’ve known a few moms to whom this happened and they actually found there were some benefits to their career of having a child earlier than planned. And, of course, it posed some challenges, too.

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You’ll advocate for yourself more

When you start thinking about not only being a role model for your child but also providing for your family, you begin to advocate for yourself, more. You feel that, in every part of your life, including your career, you represent your family, so you want to be fierce. You start advocating for yourself more. You starting nominating yourself for those promotions and putting yourself out there for more opportunities.

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