THE BABY-BUSINESS BALANCE
Two Toronto moms talk about juggling their family lives and accelerating careers
It’s 3 p.m. Nasma Ali, a Toronto realtor, patiently waits at the school bus stop. After a hectic day of showing clients potential homes, she watches her three children step off the school bus one by one. In a line, they approach her with hugs and kisses. It’s her favourite time of the day.
It’s only recently that Ali has been able to make the time to pick up her children from the school bus, thanks to her new career. Before she moved into the real estate industry, she worked as an engineer (in an almost all-male department), where it was difficult to attain a work/family balance.
The younger colleagues in her department, who didn’t have kids, were able to work overtime, while she had to leave the office by 5 p.m. in order make it in time to pick up her children from daycare. As a result, she felt that upper management wasn’t seeing her value as an engineer.
“Before I had kids I was so naïve,” Ali said. “I never thought that having kids would change my career growth. That wasn’t even a thought in my mind until I actually got pregnant.”
What does it take to achieve the ‘perfect’ balance between being a mother and having a career? Let’s be honest - balance means something different to each individual.