12/18/2012 12:12 pm ET

Newtown: A Working Parent's Tipping Point

This weekend, I sat next to another mother at a birthday party and, trying to not talk about Friday’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, asked her how her job at the law firm was going.

She said she was at a crossroads. She had been debating whether to continue on partner track or to step back from her career while her boys were young. Considering the question for a while, she said these past days had convinced her to leave the firm.

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