Great read, Rachel. My two sons’ first three years happened over a quarter century ago (!!). But I try not to shy away from conversations that make me uncomfortable, so here I am. I will out myself as a mom who worked during most of my kids’ childhoods, mostly by choice, somewhat by need. I’m neither pro stay-at-home mom nor pro working-mom. I’m pro-choice, and so thankful I had that choice. Many women don’t truly have a choice due to financial status or lack of a support system. My purely anecdotal experience is that my adults sons are as well-adjusted as my siblings and I, who’s mother stayed at home. I believe that each parent-child dynamic is unique — it certainly was and is in my family. The real priority should be to create the environment to maximize that relationship so the needs of the parent and the child are being met. In some cases, the needs of a child are better served by a mom who works.