Every day this month, I will be featuring an interview with a working mom just like you. It’s called A Day in the Life of a Working Mom.
We’ll learn about what she does for work, her family life, and….her tips/tricks for getting everything done.
Today’s featured Working Mom is Kaywanda!
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
I’m a single mom with two boys. Syon is 15 and Kamron is 13.
Where do you live?
I live in the South in McKinney, TX.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a high school Spanish teacher, author, blogger, Single Mom Coach and speaker. I love helping women break through to their best life by balancing their hopes and dreams with where they are right now.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
I blog in my spare time. I love doing it and so I find time to jot down drafts on the fly and when I have a break. I also dedicate some of my nights and weekend time to blogging. IT MUST BE DONE!
What is your typical day like?
Running my boys to and fro and getting to work on time. I teach and so my day includes at least 8 hours at my day job where I teach youngsters to hablar en español. I usually have one of my son’s games to go to, grab dinner after for us and home to finish any homework, set blog posts, respond to social media, plan more steps in my business and prepare to launch the book I’m self-publishing, and then crash. Busy!
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
Well, I have to since I am a single mom. But, I think the big thing is having extra (financial) security and knowing that I make a difference every day for my family.
The hardest thing is juggling everyone’s schedule. Some days I would love to do nothing but I know these are some of their best years, and I don’t want them to miss out.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
No. As a young single mom, I believed the hype about my kids losing out because I wasn’t around them all day. I no longer believe that. In fact, we are simply doing what we have to do. For those who work and have the means not to, it is something they are passionate about. They should be able to work as long as they are spending time with their kids.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
I actually keep a calendar and so I don’t have issues with not being able to balance things. I am also wanting to do a shared Google Calendar among all three of us. That way, I can stay up to date on last minute practice changes.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
- Talk to God.
- Stay sane.
- If it goes crazy. It’ll get better.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
You are doing the best you can. Be okay with that! Let no one make you feel inferior. In fact, rock the life you got!
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What was helpful that you can apply to your work mom life?
Let me know in the comments below. If you have an extra moment, head over to give that working mom some love!
If YOU would like to be featured, send an email to raki at outsidetheboxmom dot com. If all of the October spots have been filled, I will feature your interview in a continued series.