The biggest transition in my life was where the destination was planned, but obscured by the fog of new expectations and not knowing when we would reach our destination. Before I knew it, it was time to pack, and whilst my carry-on was all ready to go, I was bewildered by how much baggage I still had.
Another great article by Claire Cain Martin documents that younger professional women are more likely than their elders to plan on taking a career break when they have kids. For them, Sheryl Sandberg's famous advice -- Don't Leave Before You Leave -- can now be supplemented with new advice: Don't Leave When You Leave.
At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.
There is a common misconception that most mothers make a free choice to leave the workforce for stay-at-home motherhood. My research indicated that for the 10 women I studied, the maternal instinct was not always the only or main reason that these women left their careers for stay-at-home motherhood.