How Having a Child Changes Family Relationships - James McCormick
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In Chapter 7 of 18 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, legal career advisor James McCormick, as a new parent, McCormick shares how his son has influenced his family relationships and created new perspectives and conversations with his parents and brother. James McCormick is a Partner at Empire Search Partners in New York City. Previously, he practiced law as an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney for Proskauer Rose and Jones Day. He earned a JD at Tulane Law School.


Erik: How are your family relationships changing as you get older? James: First and foremost, it’s fascinating to watch my parents, my brother, interact with Jack, my son. And how he has influenced all of our relationships. People joke all the time about children being the bosses of the household. And look, at the end of the day, that’s not the case, but I would also tell you that, you know, everything you do revolves around wanting to make sure that they’re happy, healthy, safe, you know, and set up for a positive and good day the next day. So it’s fascinating to me to be able to now to relate to my mom and dad on a new level, to be able to talk to them about shared experiences of having, you know, an infant, to a toddler, to a boy. To be able to watch my brother kind of exceed, if you will, to a role of an uncle and really kind of watch Jack take to his relationships with each. I think it’s – Well, Erik, that getting older having successes and failures, being in relationships, you know, for me being married allows me I think a bit of an inside track to understanding and relating to my parents and experiences that they’ve had.