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Making it work … my way

– Hi everyone,

If you've read my prior blog entries, you know that I'm the mother of two young children. Balancing work and parenthood is different for everyone. There are many parenting approaches, and you just have to choose what works for you and your family and you and your employer. Luckily I have that opportunity with McKinsey.

With my daughter Olivia...and my son Owen

When I was expecting my first child as an associate principal, I received lots of differing advice from other women. I really prefer to be a "hands on" mother, so I didn't want to have an army of nannies or not be there for my children in the mornings and evenings. I've found that what works for me is a really strict set of boundaries. When I'm not travelling, I don't do any conference calls between 7-9am or 7-9pm. I do have some late evening calls after my children go to bed, but the hours between 7-9pm are sacred, untouchable family time.

I work from home whenever I can, to the point where my daughter's imaginative play frequently includes an "I am working" scene, where she puts on a head set, types frantically on her toy computer, and has all kinds of fake discussions on the head set. It makes me laugh to watch her—yes, I guess I do type loud and fast, and I do talk on the phone, constantly!

I hope that those of you who are working mothers have found methods that work for you. Do you have any unbreakable rules?


About the blogger

Associate Partner


Tina joined McKinsey in 2001 as a Business Analyst in the Boston office, and spent time in the Shanghai office before transferring to Taipei. Tina primarily served consumer packaged goods clients before taking a non-consulting role for a couple of years. Now back in consulting as an Associate Partner, she is exploring new industries and local client opportunities so she can spend more time at home with her husband and two young children, Olivia and Owen. Tina holds undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.