Families: When Mother Stays Home

Who are the women who leave their jobs to raise kids, and what are their most pressing concerns?

It never occurred to Laurie Tennant that she would quit her job when she had kids. "Growing up, my friends dreamed of their weddings or of the families they would have," Tennant, 37, says. "I dreamed about my career." She loved her job as a director of human resources for the Northern California branch of a Big Six consulting company and went right back to work after her daughter Hannah was born in 1993. "I felt no pull from home when I was at work and no pull from work when I was at home. I felt perfectly balanced." Then she...

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