Career Choice: Motherhood Now or Later

"Now my kids are older, a little more independent, and I don't have to deal with sleepless nights and mountains of baby paraphernalia in my living room like a lot of my peers," says the Grand Rapids, Mich., resident. "I'm able to put a lot more focus on my career right now, where they are currently putting their careers on hold to raise babies and toddlers. Everything is a trade-off."

This work is the opinion of the columnist, and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist, author and former cubicle dweller. Her books — "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube" and "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" (October 2008) — offer an irreverent take on the traditional career guide. More tips on career change, flex work and the freelance life can be found on her blog, Anti9to5Guide.com.

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