Have you been watching TLC's new reality dating show Must Love Kids? There have been three episodes so far, in which the cameras follow three single mothers on their quest to find love.
One woman is 33-year-old Kristin, a patent agent in San Diego and the mother of three kids. The producers found Kristin through her local Meetup group for single parents, and she made it through the rigorous interview process.
On camera, Kristin is a super sweet, intelligent, and beautiful woman. She handles a group date at the beach -- with men fawning over her in her bikini -- with grace. During a dinner date, when her suitor, David, pulls out a game of Boggle, she dives in.
More than that, though, I'm blown away by the fact that Kristin mostly parents solo. Fine, she does live with her mom, and her ex takes the kids one weekend a month. But still.
I caught up with Kristin and asked her how in the world she balances it all? Three children, a full-time job... and then dating men simultaneously during the filming of Must Love Kids.
"The crazy part about my work is that it's super secret," says Kristin. "I work with some of the most confidential information regarding my company -- the intellectual property."
"I like to say that my job is to put brain flatulence into words. So, the first whiff of a new idea comes straight to me, and I research it, draft it into a patent -- if there seems there could be value in it -- and later prosecute it before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and defend its patentability."
I heard that the filming schedule for Must Love Kids was really intense...
"I couldn't possibly have allowed filming to take place at my work, so I took vacation time," Kristin says. "But I still had to make sure my deadlines were met."
"There was one day in particular that fell during the two and a half weeks that we were filming, so I pulled an all-nighter. How old school of me, no? But I've noticed, single parents are an intrepid lot and we do what we have to do! So after filming one evening, I crept into work in PJs. I stayed at work until five minutes of seven the following morning because I know one of the women at the office starts work at 7 and I didn't want to get caught and have to explain myself."
Did any of your coworkers know that you were on a reality dating TV show?
"I didn't tell anyone except for the two people I work with most directly," says Kristin.