Submitted by KSavageDay
The last few months have been extremely busy. I won a major class-action victory for a valued client, wrote an article for a national trade publication regarding negligent product recalls, prepared for an upcoming CLE presentation on the defense of high-stakes, consumer class actions, managed to have dinner with my husband on our seventh anniversary, and spent several “quality” hours with my two-year old Kate. That being said, I didn’t manage to check every item off of my to-do-list (there’s always laundry to do and exercise to avoid). The most important—a long overdue thank you to one of the most important people in my life—no dear readers, not my husband, but my nanny, Mili.
My column focuses on the ins and outs of being a working mother and how to juggle a demanding professional career with a growing family. There’s a lot I don’t know. But one thing I do know is that my long-term success depends on finding and keeping quality childcare for my daughter. Several of my colleagues agree. This is one of the biggest and most common causes of stress for working moms everywhere, regardless of their occupation.
I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t think I could go to work every day without Mili. Because of her, I don’t feel bad (translation, guilty) leaving the house in the morning, because I know my daughter is being taken care of by someone who loves her almost as much as I do. Mili is amazing. She is patient, kind, caring, considerate, and in no small way helping raise my daughter to become the very wonderful little girl I had hoped she would become when I first found out I was pregnant. Under Mili’s tutelage, Kate is thriving. She goes to classes, has play dates, and frequents children’s’ museums, the zoo, and even Chuck E. Cheese’s, on a weekly basis. I’m not exaggerating when I say that at least once a month, someone chases me down because they recognize my daughter and want to tell me how lucky I am to have my nanny. She’s just that good. And I know that I am beyond lucky to have her. So Mili, please accept my sincerest gratitude, I owe you a far greater debt than I can ever hope to repay.