Mom Interviews

Nancy Traversy

Founder and CEO of Barefoot Books

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What is your current childcare arrangement?

The children are pretty self-sufficient now so we don’t have a nanny. We do have a housekeeper, though, who is a life saver and very much part of our family, helping with laundry, general cleaning and, most importantly, driving the children to all of their events and engagements during the week if my husband is not at home. My kids make their own lunches and contribute a lot to keep our home running. They are very independent and understand that both mum and dad work so they need to contribute!

Can you briefly describe your usual day?

I drop my son off at school in the morning and I am in the office by 8:30 am or so. I usually leave the office around 7 pm and I am home by about 7:30 to spend the rest of the night with my husband, if he is home, and my children. Many nights though, especially if my husband is traveling, I return to my work after the children are asleep to keep on top of things! Weekends are very much family time, with a few hours of work thrown in if need be!

What does your spouse do?

My husband is also an entrepreneur who runs his own asset management company based in London, England. He therefore travels a lot and is usually on the plane every week. It can be pretty challenging sometimes keeping all the balls in the air, but we manage somehow and really appreciate the weekends when we are all together and have a chance to catch up both as a couple and as a family.

What has been most helpful to you as you’ve been running your company?

A fundamentally strong belief in what we do. I have devoted 15 years of my life to this little venture and have been through more challenging times than I care to remember. I have also learned an awful lot along the way. Great accomplishments don’t happen overnight and certainly not without a lot of energy, commitment, passion, and hard work. I really do believe in what we’re doing for children and know that, if we threw in the towel, the world would be missing some really wonderful children’s books!

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