Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of another working mom is like?
I’m 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 Yang!
Born and raised in Beijing, Dese Enterprise’s CEO Yang Yang has countless years of experience internationally and domestic that have helped to contribute to her current success. Dese Enterprise, which is comprised of AMIClubwear.com, Pinkbasis.com, and Cuteshoesforsale.com.
What is your typical day like?
I am up a 6 am every day and I get started by running for a mile on the treadmill before I make the kids breakfast. Normally I will end up cooking at least two different breakfasts when one of the kids doesn’t like the first meal.
Some days I end up cook 4 or 5 different things to get them both to eat a full meal. At 8 am there dad takes them to school and I began to get dressed for work and do my makeup. Most days around 830 my husband and I leave for the office and will arrive around 9.
I will try to be home every day by five to take the kids from the nanny and then either my husband or I will cook a family dinner for us. We always try to eat dinner together, I feel my kids eat more when we all sit at the table and eat together.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
My favorite thing is when my daughter will tell me “Mommy I wanna be the little boss and you can be the big boss”. At the same time, this is also one of the hardest things for me too.
When my kids ask my husband “why is mommy still working” and he says, because she is the boss and she has to.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
Always during the busy season, I will feel bad about the late hours that I have to work. There is nothing like the feeling of driving home at 9 pm after helping in the warehouse for the last 4 hours and being so tired all you can think about is sleep.
Then you get home and the nanny will tell you about the kids day and show you a picture of what they did. It’s impossible not to feel guilty about missing it for work. When you walk into the kids’ room the guilt turns to sadness as you see them already asleep.
You just have to tell yourself you are doing this all for them, working hard so they don’t have to.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
I cook breakfast and get the kids ready for school every day. Then my husband takes them to school and I get 30 mins of quiet time before he is back to get ready. He will leave work early every day to pick up the kids and take them home to their nanny.
When It comes to dinner we take turns cooking but there is one rule. Whoever cooks the other one does the dishes. We both can’t wait till the kids are older and can be on dishes duty, lol.
I am blessed my husband does all the laundry in the house so I don’t need to worry about that. Anytime the kids need to go to the doctor I will try and take them, the only time I missed was when I was sick and dad filled in for me.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
1. Find a good nanny or babysitter. This can be a lifesaver so you can spend some alone time with your husband or just take some “you” time without the kids. This can be a lot harder than you think…. I wanna say we went through 15 nannies before we found the perfect fit.
2. Ask for help. If you need help and are lucky enough to have grandparents or other loved ones that can help don’t be afraid to ask for it.
3. Make a daily schedule for yourself the night before. For me, I make a list of bullet points for all the things I need to do the next day. I always like to think about tomorrow and how I will get everything done while I try to fall asleep.
With a 2 and a 4-year-old, there is not a lot of time for guilty pleasures, but the one thing I make time for every other week is to get my nails done.
Something about being pampered for that hour while getting a mani-pedi and having no kids crying in the background just revitalizes you.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?”
It’s ok to cry! Sometimes after a long day, you will look at your sleeping child and just start to cry. You won’t know why you started to cry and that’s ok.
Let it out, crying can be a good thing to release the stress of life so when it happens just go with it and don’t think anything negative about it the next day.
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