When my daughter, B, was about 6 months old I met someone who changed the course of our early years. We met in a professional capacity. I quickly became interested in networking with her, but not because of the many parallel experiences on our resumes. Instead, I was completely enthralled when she talked about her 4-year-old twins. As a new mother, I was grasping for my former personal and professional identities, while feeling – gratefully – consumed by motherhood. Quite simply, I had not yet figured out how to balance my love of being B’s mom with my desire to pursue other interests. This encounter was my first, as a new mother, with someone who seemed happy and successful in both parenthood and her career and who described a balance I could envision for my own life. She had found the balance I was seeking by melding parenthood and professionalism. She had done so by homeschooling.