- I chit-chat less (no more 20-minute chats at the water cooler).
- I eat lunch in so I can get out early. Once a week I will treat myself to a workout or a lunch with a vendor or colleague.
- A full-time nanny.
When I think about it, I don’t think my husband has given our son one bath! But who’s counting, really? He’s an amazing dad and that is what’s important to me.
What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being a professional mom? What is your favorite part about it?
Most challenging: No time for me! I’m always rushing around trying to accomplish all the items on my work and home to-do lists! I always have something to do, finish the PowerPoint for the launch meeting for XYZ show, coordinate the photo shoot for XYZ date, sign my daughter up for ice skating, my son for tumbling class, coordinate the next family vacation, buy more diapers…
As for my favorite part, I think it’s that I get to be an adult while I raise two amazing children. I do get to be me everyday, me as an executive, not just as a mom – so this keeps me balanced.
What compromises have you had to make personally and professionally since becoming a mom? Did having children affect your career path?
I’ve been fortunate and have not really had to make compromises at work. Sony has been very good to me. I was promoted after I came back from my first maternity leave, and then again, after I gave birth to my son.
I can no longer go to premieres, parties, dinner with the girls (at least not very often!) But I did that before having kids, so it’s not that big of a deal, and I do make a point to do one of these things a month.
Did you find that your colleagues/clients treated you differently after you had kids?
My experience here has been positive. Once I became a mom, other moms in the company came out of the woodwork; it was as if I had crossed over and joined the club. It was great! I also had my daughter in the Sony daycare for one year and that helped me bond with other working moms throughout the company.
Please share with us the top three things/strategies that help you successfully get through your days at work and at home.