Mom Interviews

Nancy Traversy

Founder and CEO of Barefoot Books

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Over the years, we have received some fantastic feedback from customers, trading partners, and other members of the Barefoot community, and it has really kept us going. My husband said once that, even if the whole business goes belly up, we have produced over 400 beautiful books for children that have made a difference in some small way. Most importantly though, I am doing something every day that is creative, stimulating, and rewarding but at the same time very much part of who we are as a family.

What is, for you, the most challenging part about being an entrepreneur and a mom? What’s your favorite part about it?

As with any working mother, it is the constant pull that is the hardest. As much as I think my children are doing really well, and I definitely think they are most of the time, there are situations and times when I have to be away from them or can’t spend as much time with them as I’d like. Or when I miss key moments or events that are important. This week I am missing my son’s 10 th birthday party because I need to attend a conference. We had a lovely celebration a day earlier and I think he’s okay, but these are the times when you wish you could be in two places at once. My husband and children are at the center of my life. But I also love my work and believe in what I am doing….so it can be tough sometimes fitting everything into the days and weeks.

What I like about being a mom and an entrepreneur is that my kids have grown up watching me work really hard and helping me along the way. They were always involved in some way – stuffing envelopes, working at events, giving their feedback. They have grown up with Barefoot, reading manuscripts, selecting artists, and surrounded by a busy, creative, and industrious Barefoot team. They are comfortable with adult company. They understand hard work, have a great work ethic, and are also pretty independent, which I think will prepare them well for life. Perhaps most importantly, I have been able to show them that they can be instrumental in creating change for the good and giving back to their communities.

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