To the women of this board--
I've wanted to be a mom longer than I've wanted to be a lawyer. Any suggestions/thoughts about practical yet interesting job paths for those of us who aren't intending to be the sole breadwinners but want to practice law? I dream of fancy, high-ranked schools and long-hours high-powered jobs--however, I'm afraid of putting my infant in daycare. Spouse is more than willing to care for children, but also works full time and pregnancy is purely biology and he can't help.
If you're already a mom, please share your insights with me, if you have any. I asked an attorney/professor I know about being a lawyer and mother of four and she said tearfully, "I'm sorry, but today is not really the day to ask me. My 8-year-old's got strep and I can't get to the school and my..." Right, so that's encouraging.
I'm basically looking for a career in law that is stimulating but can be flexible enough without the long long long hours during the formative years (aren't they all?).
Thanks for any suggestions, thoughts, comments, experiences!!!
Re: Daycare -- My daughter, who is about to turn one, will start full-time daycare in just a few weeks. It was rough for me emotionally when I decided in the spring that I really was going to go to school this fall, and had to start looking for daycare. But, as my daughter has grown and her personality has developed more, I've gained more confidence that she will like daycare. I searched thoroughly for the best provider we could afford and am very comfortable with the new arrangement. All that to say, my feelings on daycare have changed, and yours might too at some point -- it will depend a lot on your baby. I also second what twarga said, you and your husband really just have to do what's best for your family.
Re: Job options -- I've been thinking a lot about going into solo practice out of my home, just to be able to have that flexibility you're talking about. While it's been a wonderful year home with my girl (though still working PT from home), I am definitely ready for the change to law school. I think with future children I'd like to be able to do the same thing, and take a year off (or go to PT) from whatever my current job would be to stay home with the new baby. There are a lot of blogs and other resources out there on solo practice. Also, I randomly came across this lady's website: http://www.questionoflaw.net/
. She's a kind of contractor, running her own legal research and writing service out of her home. It sounds like a great idea to me.