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Podcast: Work Advice for Parents From Washington Post Columnist Karla Miller

The guest on today’s show is Karla Miller. Karla writes for the Washington Post Magazine’s weekly “Work Advice” column, where she answers questions on everything from co-worker clashes to employee rights issues. Karla, a wife and mother of two children, also works full time at a local accounting firm and is an active volunteer in her community.

Karla’s Parent at Work story started before she was even technically a parent while working for the same accounting firm that she does now. Her plan was to leave work and get her house in order about a week before her baby was due to arrive.

About six weeks before her due date, she woke up to find that her water had broken. That was lesson number one: children don’t give a hoot about what your plans are.

After spending a day in the hospital in labor, she had an emergency C-section. With that came lesson two for Karla: you really do need excellent co-workers and a supportive work environment to survive the experience of becoming a parent. Fortunately for Karla, she had all of that.

Listen in now to find out more about what Karla has learned through her experience of working and becoming a parent.

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