I’m intrigued by the stories told in the new book that Sarah mentioned here in her most recent post: Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory. I’ve read so many biographies and collections about women in science, but, with a few exceptions (Eve Curie‘s wonderful biography of her mother, for example), children are almost entirely left out of the equation. How do the great scientists manage to balance both career and children? How are the rest of us doing it?
I’d like to open up this thread to everyone reading, men and women, scientists and engineers, and visitors too. If you’ve had children, how do you find a satisfactory balance between the needs of little children (or big ones!) and your own career interests? Did you find that it was harder when they were newborns, preschoolers, or school-age? What helped you find the right mix for you — and were there policies or influential supervisors who helped you find your way?
I’ll leave this thread open for the next week, and I encourage everyone to share their stories.