As part of its ongoing series on Departure Memos, Above the Law has posted the departure memo of a young mother detailing the untenability of being a biglaw associate and mother at the same time. This one is making the rounds on the interwebs, having been picked up by the New York Times, among others. The tale of woe starts at 4:00 am and ends at 1:30 am, followed by the unfortunate word, “REPEAT.”

ATL writer Elie Mystal notes in his introduction to the memo:

I don’t know this woman, and I don’t know what her hopes and dreams are or might have been, but it shouldn’t be so damn hard — in the richest country on Earth — to have a big-time job and be a loving parent. The struggles highlighted by this woman make me sad as a new parent myself.

That is the moral of the story for me—that there is an inherent impossibility in excelling at a great job and excelling at being a parent. Not being a parent yet myself, I would love to know how others balance their work-family lives.

Read Departure Memo of the Day: Parenting Gets The Best Of One Biglaw Associate at Above the Law.

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