Mom Interviews

Joan Rooney

Vice President, Provider Management, Tutor.com

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Please share with us the top three things/strategies that help you successfully get through your days at work and at home:
  • One very important step that I try to take every morning is to set aside 15 minutes before my son is up and before I have kicked off the day to do some sort of centering exercise. It could be sitting outside with a cup of tea and just looking at the garden. It could be meditating. reading something inspirational; it just needs to be 15 minutes of peace and quiet and remembering what is important in life.
  • I think it is important to stay focused and organized about your work. I list each day not just want I want to do but what I want to accomplish at a minimum that day and that week. At the same time, of course, I recognize that something could come up that will blow that list out of the water.
  • Don’t lose your sense of humor.!

What are you not perfect about in your life? What do you let go?

This could be a very long list! Let’s just say that I am glad that this interview is being conducted online rather than in my home. Neatness – or lack thereof – is definitely one of my shortcomings!

If you could afford to stay at home without working, would you still choose to work?

Yes, probably not as intensely as I do now but I want to be a contributing member of society. I want to make a difference.

Do you have a lot of working mom's guilt?

I think mothers are programmed for guilt. When I am working at home and my son is at home on vacation or days off, I know that he wants me to be there as his mom, to make him breakfast and lunch and spend time with him. I have to tell him that I am working. I usually say, “Pretend I am at an office.” But I feel terribly guilty about doing that.

On the other hand, I need to provide for my son. In these moments, I regularly ask myself, “What is the priority in this very moment?” And you know, I think it is good for a fifteen year old to learn how to cook an omelet himself!





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