I’ve started my own business, try to keep a healthy lifestyle, and now want to start a family with kids. How does one balance all this out? How do you ensure you spend enough time with your kids while running a successful business? – Marina in Pawtucket, RI
LYNN: I see this as two different questions: starting a family when you’ve launched a new business; and raising children while having a successful career. I’ll answer the first question this week.
To be brutally honest, this may not be a good time to start a family.
If you are committed to making your start up a success, your business is going to occupy a tremendous amount of your energy as you become established. Another caveat: what do your truly desire? It sounds like you are conflicted, as timing, attention, and discipline are vital to any start-up. While in no way am I saying you can’t have both, in my opinion you need to carefully think this through.
Choosing to have children is a lifelong commitment for women and men. I believe that when you become a parent, it is the most important job you will ever have. Timing is everything in life and in work. Starting a family when you’ve just launched a new business is going to add a tremendous amount to your plate, so make sure you can manage it!
Lynn Whitbeck is the co-founder and President of Petite2Queen. She is focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for women at work, helping them define their personal roadmap. She dedicates herself to delivering tools and insights, embracing visualization of the big picture, and identifying and implementing the minutiae of detail. Lynn aims to share lessons learned along her journey and enable positive uplift for women.