For working parents, managing the expectations of being a professional employee for whom work is a top priority, as well as being a nurturing “present” parent, can be a tall order in today’s workplace. Parents may put so much energy into dealing with these dueling self-images that it can actually trigger changes to their identity, according to an Academy of Management Review article.
Working parents may ask themselves, “Who am I really? How does this all fit?” said Laura M. Little of the University of Georgia. “Managing the back and forth is challenging because we all have a desired work-family image and a strong desire to be seen as good at both.”