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.
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
I am married with a son.
Where do you live?
I live in the NY metro area.
What do you do for a living?
Besides the blog, I am a writer (the paid kind, not the “for exposure” kind) for several print and online publications and do social media for several clients.
What is your typical day like?
I’m not sure I have a typical day. There is school and activities for my son, emails, conference calls, events, writing, blogging, emails, social media, emails, then “life stuff” that loves to get in the way like the kid getting sick, dog needing to go to the vet, etc.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
The best thing is not being reliant on someone else for money. The worst thing is there is just never enough TIME for everything.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
By constantly juggling, rearranging, and trying again. I use a monthly calendar, a pocket calendar, Gmail calendar, and email on my phone.
It’s difficult to manage. I have a small house that’s cluttered, but clean. I vacuum everyday. I sweep and mop weekly. I do laundry as needed.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
Be flexible, work with what you have, and don’t stress yourself when you can’t do it all. NO one can, and if they say they can, they lie – or have nannies and housekeepers.
I am a planner, with an “I don’t care” attitude. Sometimes people interpret that as not caring. I can’t be bothered with crap. I don’t memorize my schedule and tasks. I count on my calendar and I take it one day at a time. It keeps me from getting overwhelmed, by just focusing on one day at a time.
I love Supernatural.
Photography, traveling (although I’m always traveling, but never on vacation), school, eating (especially during travels), and most anything that’s not work-related.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
Just do what you can do- and stop trying to be Supermom. There’s too much pressure and not enough praise for women in our society- we are only human, after all (even if we are the awesome sex).
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.