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How difficult is it to balance being an #occupational therapist and a #mother?

I try to achieve the best in all that I do. I desire to be an #occupational therapist but I also want a #family to cherish. I would like to hear #advice on how I can chase down a #career but also #support and be involved with my family.

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Ken’s Answer

The best way to get an answer to this question is to contact a local occupational therapist and ask the question in person. A good way to do this is to locate the local professional association to which occupational therapists belong in your area to phone the local contact person for an in person conversation and possibly arrange to attend a meeting, so that you can meet professionals and get to know them and their area more fully. Here is a link that will allow you to locate your local professional association to which pathologists belong in your area: ##

https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Rebekah W. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

As I give you my response, we are in the middle of a significant downturn in a global pandemic. Particularly for those of us who live and work in the United States, 2020 and 2021 presented many challenges (and opportunities) with respect to remote work and remote learning. Many working moms, regardless of their career paths, found ways to do more within their family structure, partly because for so long there was no place else that the family could be except at home. For some moms, the balance proved to be incredibly difficult and for others not as much.

In general, I think the level of difficulty on balancing career and family has much to do with the type of career and the age of the family, particularly the age of the children in the family. When/if there is extended family that is nearby, that can help to ease some of the challenges that working moms may face. I also think that the level of challenge can and does change over time. Do your best to be proactive about the career roles you plan on taking on to ensure that it provides you with the space to balance against your family time.

Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck to you!
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Todd’s Answer

This is a dilemma that all first-time parents face, but we have all made it through. Clear expectations of what the time requirements are will be very helpful. For example, if you know it is going to be a 60 hour work week. Make sure you are ready for that. Starting a family does consume your time. Also, having some self-compassion is important. As a new working parent you will feel like you are not doing either thing well. This can take a toll. This is normal.
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