Working Parents in Law

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How do you make it work?

I was planning on trying to start a family this month, but I just landed an associate position at a prestigious firm I’ve wanted for years. I don’t want to postpone having kids - (cont below)

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For those who are married to a working professional and have young children, what do you do to keep your marriage strong? (Cont below)

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(Especially those of you with young children) how do you make time to exercise/be active?

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Anybody get divorced as a young-ish associate with little kids? I think I'm on that path and really struggling

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Should I stay or should I go? Hoping to get some insight from those that went before me. I am a 6th year call working at a top20 firm in private M&A. Two kids and am in the position (continued below)

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How many Big Law partners sacrificed their marriage to become partner, and, if you didn’t, how did you pull it off. Almost every partner I have ever worked for has been divorced at least once....

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I work as of counsel at a small firm directly with 1 other attorney. I have worked w/ the other attorney for the last 10 years. How much paid maternity leave is reasonable to request?

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Biglaw single parents? I’m a recently single parent. My ex is (almost) completely out of the picture now. Any other biglaw single parents with tips or tricks to making this work on my own?

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Biglaw parents, where do you choose to live and why? Somewhere close to work to avoid commute and spend more time with kids? Suburbs?

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I’m having trouble transitioning from work to home. What do you guys do to get yourself in the “home” mind so you can be fully present for your kids? What are your transition routines?

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Does anyone manage without having a nanny? Kids age 0-10

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Graduated law school, passed the bar, and started my job last summer. My wife and I got pregnant with our first sooner than we expected, and we're due in June. Any general tips/advice?

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Brand new (like, just-had-a-kid new) mom here. Life seems manageable with the baby sleeping much of the time. It gets worse from here doesn’t it? I’m scared 😱😱😱

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How do you deal with the stress of knowing that other people on your team are working weekends and you aren’t? I’m a mom with two kids so working in weekends is tough for me. Cont. in comments:

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Some people mentioned au pairs... tell me more! Why did you like/not like it, if you did the au pair thing?

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What are we supposed to do with our kids during Winter break when school is closed for TWO WEEKS and we need to hit our billables?

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Last night my 9yo said, “wow mom, Idina Menzel is 48 but she looks way younger than you!” (I am 38.) Then I put makeup on this morning and she said, “well, you look nice but you still look worn out...

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looking to start a family. Prob 1-2 kids in the next 5 years - should I wait till I leave big law? I'm nervous about what time is crucial to be around the newborns. Adoption if relevant. Any advice?

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Is anyone else worried about screen time or strict about it? I'm a bit torn about it and curious of everyone else's thoughts.

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