^^Well, why not have a character back on Cestus III who knows about Vicenzo's decision and doesn't agree with it? Why is Miranda the only one being treated as though there's something wrong with her when it was a mutual decision?
I think there is a double standard in evidence here.
I mean, Miranda's not the first ST character to leave a young child behind. What about Jack Crusher? He shipped back out with the Stargazer
not long after Wesley was born, and he spent so little time with his family in the ensuing six years that Wesley barely got to know him. Jack made the exact same career choice that Miranda has. Yet I've never heard anyone criticize him for that choice or accuse him of "abandoning" his family -- perhaps because our society expects men to be focused on their careers and women to be focused on their families.