THE BABY-BUSINESS BALANCE

Two Toronto moms talk about juggling their family lives and accelerating careers

ALI TRIES TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH HUSBAND, JAD AND THREE KIDS, JENA, 8, AND TWINS JUDE AND ADAM, 4. Photo courtesy of Nasma Ali

ALI TRIES TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH HUSBAND, JAD AND THREE KIDS, JENA, 8, AND TWINS JUDE AND ADAM, 4. Photo courtesy of Nasma Ali

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.

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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.

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10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

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    Sunscreen can save your life!!

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  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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