This period is typically in your 30s and early 40s. It’s a time when you are likely already a manager but not yet a senior leader. And between young children and aging parents, you may be juggling intense care-giving responsibilities at this point. The key during this period is to hang in there. Step back or sideways if you need/want, but try not to step all the way out. Even if your spouse can pay the bills, find a way to stay in the game – you’ll be rewarded later on.