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On the Washington Post… With the Working Mom Blues


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Today I’m at the Washington Post, with a disturbing revelation. In gathering together my income and expenses for my taxes, I discovered a worrisome fact. No, not a looming IRS audit… but rather the upsetting realization that my childcare expenses pretty much equaled my freelance income for 2014.

Now, some of this has to do with the fact that I took several months off to finish and publish my hilarious, life-changing book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood. (Apologies for the shameless book plug.) Yet seeing the numbers on my screen was concerning.

And it raised some questions. About why I choose to work, instead of being a full-time stay-at-home mom. About my fears of giving up a career I painstakingly spent years building. About whether I’m really achieving a middle ground by working part-time.

To find out the answers, check out my latest article. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Is your career more than just a paycheck to you? Do you ever wonder if it’s all worth it? And how crazy is the cost of childcare?! Leave a comment below.

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