Kristen Bell's Scaling Back on Her Career—Should You?
Actress Kristen Bell is red-hot right now, thanks to her role as Anna in Frozen, and as the titular private eye in the recent movie reboot of Veronica Mars. (Not to mention playing hard-charging consultant Jeannie in House of Lies.)
But she recently told Us Weekly that she's planning to scale back right now to spend more time with her baby daughter, Lincoln. "I want to be very hands on," she says. "I want to cook for my family and feel present for them. I'm always missing her when I'm not there."
And that seems to fit with the current trend amongst both A-list moms (Gwyneth Paltrow recently made headlines by proclaiming her need to take more time off with her kids—and angering more than a few working moms in the process), and amongst many regular moms-to-be. In fact, a recent report showed that nearly 60 percent of Millennial moms (those born between 1981 and 2000) believe a parent should stay home with their kids—compare that to the Gen X parents (the era I fall into), where only half of moms polled believe a parent should stay home with the kiddos.
It can be a really tough decision—and one that may take you by surprise. I had a pretty dreamy job right before I had my kids, and I expected to go right back to my same career path. But the reality of missing bedtimes for deadlines and of spending more time commuting than I spent with my kids hit hard—and I scaled back to something that was more flexible and let me work from home. I was lucky that I had that option—and a supportive spouse who let me try out freelancing, even though there was no guarantee that I would make enough to keep our household afloat. (Fortunately, the gamble paid off.)
While I know I made the right choice for my family, I often wonder what I'd be doing if I stuck it out—perhaps editor in chief of a magazine I love?
So tell me: How did having kids impact your career? And did you make a choice that you didn't expect, once your baby arrived?