When I was deciding to apply to law school in 1982, my dad, a lawyer-turned-judge, had only one piece of advice: â€œDon’t do it unless you have a burning desire to become a lawyer.â€ At that time I did. After my first son was born, I returned to work as a trial lawyer in a large firm. I then became pregnant with our second son, and soon after he was born we relocated to Connecticut where I was able to work part-time in a small firm doing the insurance defense litigation I had come to love. It was a family-friendly environment that was sorely lacking in my former firm. But in 1996, after our daughter came along, it was clear to me that despite the success of other working moms, many of whom feltÂ that their working outside the home made them better mothers, I was happier and felt better about myself, our marriage, and our kids as a full time mother. I quit my job and happily stayed home as a full-time mom.
In 2007 we moved to New York City. My children were older, and I sought a change in career that would be both fulfilling and flexible, allowing me to continue my most important work of raising kind, empathetic, and resilient children, while also helping other families do the same. I turned to the summer camp industry since my own sleepaway camp experience was more instrumental in shaping who I became than any other experience I had in my lifetime. I became an advisor with Tips On Trips And Camps, a service that helps families find sleepaway camps and teen summer programs. My second career has been wildly successful and equally fulfilling. Working from home, I have been able to be both a full-time mom to my amazing children and a top-producing consultant in an industry I love.