Work Life Balance for Lawyer Moms

Posted on May 8, 2018

Today’s working attorney mom heads so much more than the morning routine at home. They’re leading board meetings, running firms, and sitting as CEO at some of the biggest companies in the world.

Let’s take a look at some stats and figures on today’s working mothers, which Pew Research coined the catchy term “Breadwinner Moms” for, and delve into how some woman attorneys find the time to put in a full day at the office and still lovingly conquer family life at home.

 

Just like a thoughtful gift or breakfast in bed, let’s let these stats speak for themselves:

  • Today, a record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family. These numbers show a substantial shift compared to 11% in 1960. (Pew Research)
  • Family income is higher when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner. (Pew Research)
  • 54% of parents in households where both mom and dad work full time say that the mother does more when it comes to managing children’s schedules and activities. (Pew Research)
  • Among all working parents with children under age 18, more than half (56%) say it is difficult for them to balance the responsibilities of their job with the responsibilities of their family. Working mothers and more likely to admit the difficulty. (Pew Research)

As the stats show, work-life balance for the working mom is no easy task!

 

For attorney moms, splitting work and kid time can be a tightrope walk between the playground and the office. Nonetheless, parenting can bring out the best in us and it shows in our work ethic. This quote from a Working Mother article can sum this notion up nicely:

 

“Though my work is part-time, I feel valued and respected by my firm, full-time. In turn, I show my gratitude by being the best employee I can be. I am super responsive to emails and calls from co-workers and clients, I am a good firm citizen, and I produce the same (indeed, better) quality work as I did in the B.C. Era. (That’s “Before Children.”)”

 

Ever wonder about the top law firms known for supporting work-life balance for women attorneys? To quote the article:

“These firms allow women to say ‘I’m still practicing law. The ability to hold on to that identity is huge.”

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We thought this piece honoring the lawyer moms we know would be summed up nicely with a few quotes from notable moms with legal backgrounds and their unique perspective on work-life balance:

“I love our daughters more than anything in the world ― more than life itself. And while that may not be the first thing that some folks want to hear from an Ivy-League-educated lawyer, it is truly who I am. So for me, being mom-in-chief is, and always will be, job number one.” ― Michelle Obama

 

“You may be able to trip up a 4-year-old claiming the cat used a Sharpie, but are you ready for teenagers with a coordinated cover story? Lawyer moms are. Have a seat in the dining room.”Peyton Price

 

“Ultimately, my role is a job share situation that gives me the best of both worlds.  It works well around school drop-off/pick-up times and allows me to be there for my children while they are young whilst keeping abreast of changes in law practice so I can pick up the pace when the children are older if I choose.”Emilia Teti, Personal Injury Lawyer

 

To all the moms, grandmas, mother in laws, and moms-to-be, we wish you all a wonderful Mothers Day! Thank you for all you do!

Looking for a little work-life balance in your life? Learn more about the RW Lynch program. We help Personal Injury Attorneys get exclusive calls from their region. You have enough going on at work and at home, let us worry about marketing.


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