What Comics Taught Me About Parenting

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We have a guest post today from former comic book editor Nicole Boose. She contacted GeekMom about writing for us and I promptly took her up on the offer.

Boose worked on the editorial staff of Marvel Comics for five years, beginning as an Assistant Editor and departing as an Editor. She’s now a freelancer and stay-at-home mom.

What Comics Taught Me About Parenting

It must have been a good four years ago already, the night that my coworker and I were talking over drinks about where we thought work might take us in the long term. We were editors at Marvel Comics.

“One thing I keep coming back to,” I said, “is that I’d like to have kids before too long. And I don’t know how it’s possible to do this with kids.” He nodded knowingly.

For a whole list of reasons, my life at the time seemed completely incompatible with parenting. I woke up early, traveled a long way to get to work, stayed at work a long time, traveled back home and basically collapsed. Child care options were limited, and none of them really matched my schedule—nor would I want them to. Logistics aside, there were my own and my husband’s feelings to consider. For us, having one of us at home was the preferred option. And since I had the boobs and the lower-paying job, that person would probably be me.

[To read the rest of Nicole Boose’s parenting wisdom gained from comic books, head over to GeekMom.]

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