By Angela Morris (law.com, Jan. 23, 2019)
Jeanene Jobst, senior counsel at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, was at work when a phone call sent her into a panic.
The babysitter who was scheduled to pick up her young daughter at her school bus stop was canceling at the last minute. With just 10 minutes until drop-off, it was physically impossible for Jobst to get there in time to ensure her 7-year-old, Madison, wasn’t left on the side of the road—alone.
“I frantically texted and called neighbors. Thankfully, one works from home, so she was able to get my daughter and keep her until I could get home,” Jobst said. “Needless to say, the babysitter was fired, but it still doesn’t help you in the situation.”
Jobst’s story would strike fear in the heart of any lawyer-mom, who—despite the day’s plans for a high-stakes deposition or a pressing client hearing—always keeps mental space and energy to know where her children are and ensure they’re cared for. However terrifying Jobst’s example is, the truth is that each and every mom-attorney has her own story of a time that, despite the best-planned child care solution, care fell through and left her needing to drop work and fix the problem.