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Interview with Manya Chait, VP of Public Relations with VistaPrint

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12. Professional moms know that the way to keep our sanity is by not being perfect at everything. What are some things you are not perfect about?

I hate to cook – so I don’t. Take out, grandmothers’ cooking or dinner out are the primary methods we use to find food!

13. We’ve all had them –- describe your most trying/embarrassing/don’t-want-to-remember-this moment as a professional mom so far:

Hmmm. Honestly, can’t think of anything.

14. How do you de-stress and relax?

Exercise, alone time and, of course, shopping!

15. One thing that you have or do that makes your busy life easier:

I have a cleaning lady. I hate a messy house and don’t have time to do it well myself. My husband is not a clean freak so once a week, my house gets professionally cleaned – I couldn’t live without it.

16. One thing that would make your life easier would be:

A personal chef that would cook healthy meals for my family and would have them on the table when I got home.

17. If you could afford to stay at home, would you still choose to work? Why?

I would still work in some capacity. Preferably with flexible hours so I can spend more time with my family.

18. Many professional moms with very young kids as well as soon-to-be moms visit our site and would benefit from your experience. What advice would you share with them about managing their careers while growing their families?

Keep your family life separate from your work as much as possible. Colleagues don’t need to hear about sick kids, play dates and school issues. A mention is fine, but bringing your entire personal life to work makes you look less serious about your job.

19. This interview would not be complete if we didn’t talk about guilt; so many professional moms talk about feeling guilty often. Do you feel a lot of guilt as a professional mom? What are your strategies for dealing with it?

Honestly, I don’t feel that much guilt. I think we’ve found a great balance as a family. The time we spend together is fantastic, quality time. We’re very lucky.

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