Balancing act: What do you want to be when you grow up?

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  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Kudos to Greg and his wife for raising daughters who can see themselves in careers outside the home, especially in fields such as medicine and engineering.

    I know encouraging careers for women outside of the home may get responses from "defenders of traditional roles for women" so let me just say: Homemaking isn't a career. Homemaking isn't motherhood. Women can pursue careers and motherhood. Girls and young women should always be encouraged to aspire to more than "just being a mom" (a response I sadly hear too often even now), just as young boys are encouraged to aspire to more than "just being a dad".

    You never know, for sure, if marriage/parenthood is in your children's future (for any number of reasons), but you can be fairly certain they will need to be able to support themselves financially, so you should encourage them to find a career that they can enjoy for a few decades, as the retirement age is only going to increase.