Nurturing others from home to school

April 2, 2022

Rosalyn Schreiman, upper school counselor

Being a woman, we have children, so that dual role of caretaking that we have to take on is a challenging one — the reality of really having your time pulled away and how to manage that. (Office of Communication)

Being a woman, we have children, so that dual role of caretaking that we have to take on is a challenging one: the reality of really having your time pulled away and how to manage that. I have older children, but I would say that it’s been difficult. I think my career has definitely been affected by having children. I started working part time so that I could manage the schedule of being able to care for children and also do some work. I left the workforce for nine years while I cared for my children, and people didn’t really seem to be supportive or understanding of that during [job] interviews when I came back.

I think that we’re doing a much better job in our workplaces today, recognizing the needs that women have to nurse and pump [when they have young children], but in my previous jobs that really wasn’t recognized, and it was definitely very uncomfortable and complicated to kind of figure out a place to do that and a time that worked. It was difficult to kind of work it all together and definitely wasn’t something that people had on their mind or cared about or wanted to accommodate.

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