An article I wrote several months ago, Treating Family Like Business, just appeared in Law.com’s new Career Center. Primarily, my article reacts to pieces like this which advise attorneys seeking a home-work balance (mostly women) to pussy-foot around and beg for accomodation instead of taking the bull by the horns and advocating, strategizing and negotiating for their needs as vigorously as they would for a client. Does this mean that I think lawyer-parents should be strident or whiny or express a sense of entitlement in asking for alternate work schedules? No way! I endorse proactive, creative approaches where you take the initiative, as well as advance planning to make yourself sufficiently indispensable so that you can write your own ticket.