Parental Leaves

Should you quit your career to take care of your child even if he or she is already a teenager?

If you spend every workday worrying about your baby, you've probably considered quitting your job. But what if you're peaking professionally--and your baby is 15 years old? Should you really make the sacrifice to be with a child who's old enough not to want to be with you?

That's what Terri Bonoff did last year, surprising even herself in the process. Bonoff, a hard-charging marketing executive, was convinced that her son Joey needed her more than ever--and his younger brother and two younger step-siblings were right behind him. Over Joey's objections, she resigned.

Taking a "teen leave" is an unusual solution...

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