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Member Close-Up: SK Joun

Publisher of Parents for Parents magazine

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Each week, we'll introduce you to a member of Work It, Mom! This week, we had a quick chat with SK, who publishes a great parent-driven and parent-focused magazine in the Boston area.

1.) What do you do?

I publish a new parenting magazine called Parents for Parents.

2.) How did you end up in your current career?

Really, it is an age-old story: I saw a need not being met. When my child, at the age of 4, suddenly changed into a completely different child overnight, my husband and I were at our wits' end. We researched on the internet, we read books, we watched talk shows, we read every magazine, but we could find no satisfaction in an answer. All the information was so generic. By chance, I had lunch with a co-worker and we got to talking about our children – both being 4-year-old boys. The similarity in their behaviors was amazing! We chatted away, comparing notes and sharing stories. I went home comforted by knowing that another child was going through the same behavioral change. Now that we knew that this was a “phase,” my husband and I were able to concentrate on a solution. That is when I realized that parents are the best source for a parenting magazine. They are the true experts.

I quit my corporate job of 15 years in 2006 to start Parents for Parents™ magazine. I set out to create a magazine that was focused on only one topic per issue, to explore it in depth in order to give parents a satisfactory answer to a parenting issue; a magazine that was for both parents – mothers and fathers; and a magazine where all the articles are written by parents because parents are the real experts in parenting!

3.) What's your dream job?

My current one – five years from now!

4.) Tell us a few things on your Life To-Do List.

Take a long, leisurely trip around the world, visiting not well-known countries as well the famous ones. Create a self-sustaining community peer grant program for small businesses. Work on an election campaign.

5.) Would you want your kids to follow in your career footsteps?

No, I would like my kids to follow their own career footsteps. I do want them to take the risk with their careers, rather it is to quit their jobs for an opportunity for a chance to create something or the reverse -- quit their businesses to work for a great company. I hope that they remember that their careers -- as much as they should have immense pride in their work and excellent work ethic -- are their careers, not their lives.

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