Our careers are not islands – parents have full lives to support outside of work – so what happens when an international business trip is being planned right on top of your son’s upcoming eighth birthday? Well when your seven year old son tells you he is going to runaway if you are not home on his eighth birthday, if you were me, you request to change the trip dates by a week. I said “NO Thanks” to the initial week that was planned and shifted things by a week so I made sure to travel after his birthday. I will never regret that decision. I still have my same son. I don’t still have that same job. No brainer. Priceless.