The Baby In The Background

A few years ago, I was on a call with a prospective client and an older consultant. My babysitter was running behind and I needed to start the call, so I do — with my six month old daughter in my arms. I’d done such calls many times but this was one one of the first times with the consultant on the line.

On this particular day, my daughter was fussy. I tried to mute myself when I wasn’t talking but she was crying in…