Chicago moms share how they balance baby and career


Sarah Charles

Home details One child, 2

Work details Mental health consultant

Hours per week About seven

How I got the job I worked full-time after I finished graduate school and I stopped when I had my baby. I actually planned to leave my full-time position because it didn't make financial sense to pay for childcare with my salary. But I speak some Spanish and they couldn't find another consultant, so I got to keep that part of my job.

How I juggle I use in-home childcare providers five to eight hours a week.

Why I love it I love being able to keep my professional identity and my professional skills, to keep up my license, and to have a break from the day-to-day challenges of being home raising a child. Fortunately, my husband makes enough to support our family, so I don't have to worry about the financial side of it, but I do make enough money to pay for the childcare I have. It also helps me to have time to do errands and schedule appointments where I know I can be child-free.


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