- Reading with my kids every night
- Giving them a bath every night
- Going to McDonalds; this gives me a break and the kids get a treat (I try not to do this too often though)
- I’ll go to 95% of the school events, but I won’t try to go to all of them – since that would be every other week. I’ll trade off with my husband.
What does work/life balance mean for you?
My job offers me a lot of flexibility, so when it’s slow I’ll get out early and either pick up my kids or treat myself to an afternoon massage/facial.
I try to balance my time with my kids and a treat for myself. It’s not always easy – but it is important to take time for you.
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?
We’ve all had them – describe your most trying/embarrassing/don’t-want-to-remember-this moment as a professional mom so far:
I must have already tucked it away into the “no recall zone.” One thing that was more funny than embarrassing was when I brought our daughter, Juliana, to meet Carla Pennington, Executive Producer for the Dr. Phil show. All my daughter could do was pass gas as Carla was holding her!
How do you de-stress and relax?
WINE, WINE, WINE.
Okay, I am joking. The gym helps. I also like to indulge in a long, hot bath.
If you could afford to stay at home, would you still choose to work? Why?
YES! I have way too much energy. I think my working is good for me and the kids. At work I get to have an outlet for my mental energy and to try out all my wacky ideas. If I didn’t work, my kids would be subjected to all kinds of crazy projects.
Having said that, I’d love to work part-time, which would be ideal.
Any words of advice for fellow professional moms?
Try to enjoy the journey - don’t rush it and don’t wish it away. Cut your long lunches and office chit-chat and get your work done and get out the door. The best part of having kids is how quickly the work issues of the day disappear the minute you come home.
Do you feel a lot of guilt as a professional mom? What are your strategies for dealing with it?