Lawyering is a profession that attracts those who love planning and certainty. What happens when a lawyer becomes a parent, and realizes there is no manual for how to be a working parent? Previous FACL BC panels on parenting as a legal professional have included parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers learning to navigate parental leaves, diapers, and daycare. As the kids of FACL BC members have grown up, so has this panel. This year’s panel features 4 Asian-Canadian lawyers, all with school-aged children (ages 5 to 10). Has it gotten easier? Are they sleeping more? How are the challenges different? How do you raise grounded little humans while balancing a busy legal practice? Our panelists will candidly share their experiences and advice for work-life integration, parental problem-solving, and finding alignment between work and one’s parenting goals. Everyone is welcome, whether you are thinking of having children, have children of your own or other caregiving responsibilities, or simply want to hone your team and leadership skills by becoming a more empathetic colleague and manager of team members with different family situations.
We would like to thank Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP for their generous sponsorship.
Whether you are curious about how parenting looks like for lawyers, or if you are a lawyer-parent looking for community, we are excited to invite you to join us at this panel event. FACL BC has organized previous parenting panels where we discussed pre-pregnancy planning, parental leave, and parenting toddlers. This year, we have “grown up” to chat about parenting during the school-aged years.
The panelists, who have all taken different career paths in law, will discuss how parenting looks like for them, the challenges they have faced as they became parents, and how their community (which includes us at FACL BC!) can better support the parents in our midst. Bring your thoughts and questions on this topic as there will be opportunity for Q&A at the end!