There has been some discussion about this due to Flames Goaltender Mikka Kipursoff.
For those who don’t know, Kipursoff decided to not accept a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the reasons was in part that his wife recently had a baby. The baby was two weeks early and there were some complications.
There have been two school of thoughts on this. For this, I will use employee/employer language. One, since he is an employee for an organization, he should accept the terms of his employment and report to his assignment. The other side of this is, family comes first. And if family comes first, then if this not the best time for the family, then the employee should not do it. Thus the employer, should understand and respect the decision.
So, what if a situation like this happened to you? You are, or have started a family. Maybe you have an opportunity to advance your career by taking an assignment. The problem is, it might keep you away from your family. Or, if not family, maybe it will keep you away from your friends.
What would you do? And, what advice would you give someone in that situation?