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Career Coaching

on March 18, 2014

Gingerbread's campaign blog

“Do you not want to be anything?” my daughter inquired as we were walking – no, me half walking half running; her half running, half flying – up the last hill to the school. “Or you just want to be a mum?”

Interesting positioning of the career vs stay-at-home debate where whatever the criticism, the one I thought I was not going to be subject to was ‘being just a mum’, having started working when she was six weeks old and done little else since. She seems to think motherhood as my full-time occupation, and that work is purely instrumental, not an identity. (Why would anyone think so?)

“I’m not just a mum, I’m a…” I hesitated at ‘management consultant’. Let’s not mock my daughter’s intelligence. “I work.” (How am I ever going to credibly convince anyone whose hands my career is in of the importance of my job, when…

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