I am not a mom yet and plan to have kids in maybe 2 years. Did you plan it out with where you would work before you had kids or what advice do you have to prepare for motherhood in this industry? Thx!

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Also any FSA or HSA options they offer - max them out

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You cannot engineer this. Just live. And save some cash that will help either way. Trying to time it all perfectly is a recipe for heartbreak and stress.

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Enroll in short term disability if your agency has it

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Also, don’t overthink. In Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In she talks about women without children worrying about it. First you’ve got to fall pregnant and her advice is don’t take yourself preemptively off the career track.

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I stayed at my company bc I wanted to have my maternity leave paid for. While they have been great about my transition back, I’m having a really hard time finding a new gig. I would say don’t worry about the money or the leave. Worry about having a good job. Now I look back and say, I traded career growth for like 15k. I could have gotten a new job that paid 15k+ more and made that sum up.

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Did not plan. Trying to plan for #2.

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👆 truth

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