I’ve been told by many that there never is a right time, … it’s a matter of weighing up what is more important to you at the end of the day.” Let's Chat According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, this year 39.3 per cent of the population is made up of couples without children, rising to 41.1 per cent by 2036, whereas couples with children are at 42.4 per cent in 2016 and dropping to 40.2 per cent by 2036. One parent families are also projected to increase. Despite all of these changes to the traditional family make-up, why is it that we feel pressure to conform to the norm – when there really is no norm anymore? When it comes to planning for a family, women are also being more realistic about how long it can take to achieve certain goals and benchmarks in their chosen careers and they realise there is plenty of time to catch up, if not overtake, their colleagues when they return to work. And that’s certainly true, whether you choose to return to work after a year, or opt to stay at home until your children start school. Modern technology is also making it easier for mums to work from home, so they can schedule certain tasks around family-time and essentially have the best of both worlds. At the end of the day, American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou puts it perfectly, “I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” So what’s most important to YOU?]]>