Career and family: I know it’s a challenge

by Rod Smith

“You said career comes after spouse and family. With my job that is impossible. My family has to make sacrifices of time with me for my work. You have no idea how demanding some jobs can be and they take a man away from his family.”

Sir, I’d say, given the opportunity, the same thing to the leaders of nations. If you can’t do both, you probably are not qualified for your choice of work. I’d suggest a man who is qualified, will be able to hold onto both his family and his job.

One of the severest tests of emotional wellbeing rests in the capacity to remain appropriately intimate with those whom we love while also pursuing what it means to provide for our families.

This is of course as true for men as it is for women.

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