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 Demetrice!
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
I am a single mom with a 12 yr old son.
Where do you live?
I live in Greensboro, NC
What do you do for a living?
I’m an academic advisor in higher education.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
Sunday is my designated blog day to take pictures and write content. I schedule social media promotion during the week before and after work or on my lunch break.
What is your typical day like?
I’m up at 5:45 am to pray and spend some with God. I drop my son off at school each day and work 8-5 pm. I’m home by 6 pm most days, cook dinner, check my son’s homework get updates over dinner. He’s in bed by 9 pm and I use quiet time to read, watch tv, or catch up on social media before getting in bed at 10:30 pm.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
The best thing is being able to provide my son with things that I didn’t have growing up. Sometimes I think he’s a little too spoiled but I try to make sure he knows his mama has worked hard to get where she is. The hardest things are balance and self-care. It’s hard to find time for myself.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
When my son was younger I felt guilty about spending so much time away from home. I literally only spent 2-3 hours with him M-F and that was tough but as a single mom I had no other option.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
Schedule everything! Everything goes in a planner, on a paper calendar on the fridge and my work calendar.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
1. Schedule everything
2. Have a plan for the unexpected
3. Have a network of friends and family to help
Sleeping in on Saturdays (when possible) until 12 noon. Now that my son is older he can take care of himself until I get out of bed.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
It’s okay to fail! It’s a part of the process.
Where to find Demetrice online:
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.