I attended a writing conference two years ago that changed the course of my career. I learned a few techniques to overcome writer’s block and gleaned tips on securing freelance contracts during the seminars, but my biggest takeaway came from hearing countless stories of women who took time off from their careers to raise their kids.
One speaker worked as a writer for the hit ‘80s sitcom Roseanne. She resigned from that job to spend more time with her baby. She was a single mother and had gone to great lengths to adopt her son, but long hours at the writing-table in the studio stretched late into the night and left little time for her infant. Soon after, she got a job as a writer for the kids’ cartoon Rugrats. The gig had more flexible hours and required her to think like a toddler, a perspective that was well-suited to her stage of motherhood at the time.
Nearly all the speakers and other attendees shared similar stories of hitting the pause button on their careers to focus on their children when they were young. And all of them went on to enjoy satisfying careers after they spent valuable time caring for their kids as only a mother can.