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 Stacy!
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
I am a 31 year old married, working mom of an 8 month old. I also have a beautiful stepdaughter who is 12 years old. My husband’s name is Malcolm.
Where do you live?
We live in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, which is 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
What do you do for a living?
I am a certified school counselor.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
Oh, I need to get back on my blogging schedule. I am looking to schedule my posts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday.
What is your typical day like?
Typical day for me… Up by 6:30. Get myself and baby girl dressed, fed and ready. Out by 7:45. Hour commute… Provide guidance to the children of Philadelphia… Hour commute. Pick up baby girl, warm dinner that was prepared on Sunday. Boo love (aka time with my husband) 🙂 Play with baby until bedtime, then Boo love again :).
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
I have learned that I would be an amazing stay at home mom. I’m having a hard time dropping off my baby in order to go take care of someone else’s. I’m so grateful that she is at a great facility with people that love her.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
I didn’t experience guilt until baby girl had her first cough. I didn’t want to drop her off, I wanted her to stay on my chest all day. Before feeling guilty, I felt frustrated.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
Day to Day… We really are superwomen!!!! I cook our meals on Sundays. Same meat but two or three variations. This week was gumbo (Turkey sausage) then we had sausage and peppers. I also meal prep our salads with grilled chicken for lunch.
We have to go to the laundromat which is bi-monthly.
Doctor appointments are before or after school.
I can’t go to sleep with dishes in the sink or the common areas not tidy so they are done daily.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
1) Put things back where they belong after using them.
2) Make a list and check in twice or three times!!!
3) Ask for help!!!! I ask my husband to help out when I am unable to do everything or when I need to sit down!
Trash TV and Pinterest!!! I need both in my life badly.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
Find something that you enjoy to do and GO DO IT!!! Learn a language, go for a walk, take yourself out on a date, get pampered just so that we things get rough, chaotic and disorganized you are able to get back on track easier because you took time for yourself.
Tomorrow is not promised and nothing is more important that your family!!! Hug them extra tight!!!
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.