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Published: Wednesday, March 20 2013 8:55 a.m. MDT

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samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh boy! I hope Erin is ready for the counter offensive.

It is simply amazing to me to witness the incredibly defensive responses that inevitably follow opinions like hers. Never mind that those opinions are almost invariably accompanied by caveats. Such as, they **are** only opinions. Or, that they reflect the experiences of only one person and are not meant to be anything more than a cautionary tale of personal experience. Etc., etc.

Instead, many leap to the conclusion that this person is prescribing the single best path to follow, or avoid, for **everyone** of whatever "community" they are portrayed as representing.

I used the word "portrayed" advisedly because I suspect this phenomenon is at least partly (perhaps largely) due to an attempt by attention-craving "journalists" to couch almost everything as some sort of confrontational "controversy", for much less than noble ulterior reasons.

So, here's my cautionary advice to individuals in the community of all humanity.

Try to find **your own** point of balance. It will almost certainly be a bit different than anyone else but also as certainly, it will have many elements in common with everyone.

Let the reactions to this "controversy" begin!

cjb
Bountiful, UT

We can't all be CFO's or CEO's or own our own successful business.

An amazing thing, is that the thing that most of us can have, having a family and being with family is actually more fulfilling than some of the more rare and difficult things of life.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Not everyone is able to have children and that is very difficult for those that want them. Unfortunately some treat their children as though they don't want them. It is truly tragic for a woman to pass the opportunity to have children and then see her regret it later. For those women I feel a bit of compassion. And for those who would be a terrific spouse but have no offers of marriage, I also feel badly to see them basically unfulfilled on one of their strongest yearnings and desires.

This makes me appreciate the women in my life (a full-time working mother because she had to but never was satisfied that employment was her ideal), a stay-at-home daughter who loves her child as much as any I have ever seen, and my wife who works part time but takes care of me 24/7/365 and likes to do things together. Each is happy and I am so blessed by them.

Women have a great way of balancing life's challenges and multi-tasking. They have true capacity to be an influence for good in many lives, not just their own. I honor them.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Invincible, women are truly invincible. You need to have boundary's, the line that that should not be crossed, but the conclusion to the commitment sneaks up on you. A workaholic.

cval
Hyde Park, UT

I can feel the regret in her words. If someone had said that to her, or to many other successful women in the workplace, they would have been roundly criticized as trying to keep women from fulfilling their potential. She can say it, and I appreciate the courage it takes for her to do so.

Fulfilling some forms of potential comes at the price of other forms of potential. I appreciate those who choose the one they want, and cringe at the criticisms that invariably comes from those who believe success in the workplace trumps success in the home.

The home is the most important workplace!

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