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How might I seek to balance motherhood and a demanding work schedule as a female interested in medicine?

Hello! My name is Madeline Tinskey, and I am very interested in pursuing a medical career, perhaps in neurology or as an OBGYN. I am an upcoming junior in high school, and enjoy learning and sharing information with others.

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Lisa’s Answer

Microfocus - This is something the most woman struggle with. Work/life balance in general can be difficult and will not be easy. My best advice is to find people who you trust and can rely on to help you. And don't feel guilty that your not always there. Kids will love you and just appreciate having you in their lives. Also, take the time off to go to the important things. (school plays etc) Those are the things you will not want to miss!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so very much for your insightful answer! I appreciate it a lot! Maddie
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Warda’s Answer

I am a Nurse and I have a four year old. It is difficult to manage motherhood and nontraditional working hours. I do wish to spend more time with my child but I have to make a living as well. Luckily, Nursing offers many different specialties such as home health, work from home, and school nurse that offer flexible hours to be able to spend more time with your family. I currently work night shifts and take care of my child during the day.
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I am a Nurse and I have a four year old. It is difficult to manage motherhood and nontraditional working hours. I do wish to spend more time with my child but I have to make a living as well.
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Jayme’s Answer

You will do great just by the fact that you are asking the question. My best advice is to get a calendar you can stick to for both family and work and plan ahead as much as humanly possible. When your kids recital gets scheduled 4 months in advance block that time on your work calendar so it doesn't fill up. Plan family days / vacations far in advance so you can make sure you have the time off from work (otherwise you will never get to them). There will be times when even planning won't help and you will have to choose - it's ok to choose work sometimes in these cases, kids are resilient. Enlist help - parents, friends, nanny / sitter for the things that you can - carpool, field trips, volunteering, etc. Don't forget "me time" as well, again, use a calendar and block time just for you.
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Fatima’s Answer

Most important advice I can give is don't try to do it all yourself. Create a support system around you. This can be your Partner or Family but if that is not possible there are many other Mothers out there. By creating a support system you can support each other through first years of Motherhood.
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