Mom Interviews

Beth Feldman

Vice President, CBS Communications Group and Founder, Rolemommy

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How in the world do you have time to write a book, write multiple blogs, maintain, while holding down a demanding job at CBS and also being a mom of 2 kids?

I don’t sleep much, I write pretty quickly, and I’m very efficient at my job. I try to squeeze in updates on the website in the evenings, early morning hours, on the weekends, or whenever inspiration strikes. I also have some fabulous mom contributors like columnist Tracey Beckerman (Tales from Surburbia) and Joanne Rendell (A Laptop Naptime Mama) and I plan to start featuring some Role Mommy experts in the coming months so that’ll help keep the content fresh and current too.

Professional moms know that the way to keep our sanity is by not being perfect at everything. What are some things you chose to not be perfect about?

Hmmm, let’s see… I don’t cook very well or very often. I don’t attend PTA meetings and I’m not a fan of playgrounds. Other than that, I do everything else my kids ask of me. Which means I have to head to the ice rink in a few minutes for my daughter’s weekly lesson.

How do you de-stress and relax?

I love to go out to dinner with my husband - yes we have date night. I read lots of books and watch cheesy television.

If you could afford to stay at home, would you still choose to work? Why?

For me, work should be about passion. If I am passionate about my career or my own personal dreams, my kids will know that it’s important to do what you love and hopefully that’ll rub off on them and they’ll want to do the same thing.

Many working moms talk about the challenges of making friends. Are your friends mostly working or stay at home moms? Do you find that you relate to one group or the other better?

Most of my friends are working moms because we can relate to each other more than stay at home moms. I sometimes feel out of place around SAHM’s but I think that’s my own insecurity about not fitting in with that group. Plus, I love the friends I’ve made over the years and look forward to our 8:48am gab sessions aboard our commuter train.

This interview would not be complete if we didn’t talk about guilt – have you felt a lot of guilt as a professional mom?

1 comment so far...

  • This interview has been a great peak into the future for me.

    I have a two-year old and a four-year old and I work PT from home. I really look forward to returning to FT work and I sometimes wonder how and when I will get there. There are times when I forget that I won't be changing diapers and comforting my child through teething pains for the rest of my life. Being reminded, through articles like this that I'm not in a permanent state of mommyhood-to-very-young-children actually helps me to enjoy the present challenges more.

    Beth Feldman's interview is very encouraging and I look forward to when my children will begin to have their own lives (at school) and as a mother I can return to have more of my own personal ambitions.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by boysmommy on 14th May 2007