Mom Interviews

Tina Sharkey

Global President and Chairman, Babycenter

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Best thing about your job:

I love the brand. I believe in our mission. I love building a team.

Most challenging thing about your job:

The cultural shift for the company and the team. It’s challenging to change the whole infrastructure and to get the entire team on the new page. I try to move as quickly as I can, given the dynamics of our active sector.

What is your childcare arrangement and how happy are you with it?

I have a live-in babysitter who assists in moving the boys through their mornings, and while they are in school, she does food shopping and other errands. My youngest son is in pre-K and my oldest one is in the 2nd grade. My youngest is starting kindergarten; he is definitely ready for it. I’m so happy and exited about the transition, as next year both of my sons will be at the same school, and our schedule should be more in synch. Not sure if it’ll be easier to get both of them ready at the same time, but I think we’ll get the routine down. In the afternoon, our babysitter picks up kids and shuttles them around. She is lovely and I am grateful to have her in our lives.

What does your husband do? How do you split up your responsibilities at home?

My husband is an entrepreneur and he works locally, in Marin. He has more flexibility with his time and we balance morning duties. The babysitter helps both of us in the morning as we get the boys ready for their day. My husband is also the coach for the little league team. I handle playdate scheduling, buying their clothes, and we tend to share appointments based on our schedules.

What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being a professional mom? What is your favorite part about it?

The most challenging thing is achieving work/life integration. I don’t believe in work/life balance. I don’t think it exists. Work/life integration is more realistic. I want to be the best mom I can be and I want to be the best leader I can be for my company. It’s not easy as I need to be present everywhere. I also still want to have and make time for friends. Time is my luxury.

My favorite part of being a professional mom is being multi-dimensional. I’m the type of person who is involved in my family and in my company and giving back to my community and other places. My children appreciate it. It’s important that they know I’m not just a mom, and that my role as their mother is only part of what makes me me.

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