Best thing about your job: I get to meet wonderful, interesting people and eat great food. Okay, not all of it is great. And people treat me like a little local celebrity. That’s fun! I also make my own schedule and don’t have to be in a cube.
Most challenging thing about your job: I need a thick skin to review restaurants. Someone’s always mad at me for something I’ve written and that was hard to get used to. Working to get more work is also a constant challenge
What is your childcare arrangement and how happy are you with it?
My daughter is at school all day, but I’m almost always there to pick her up from the bus, one of the benefits of having a flexible job. She’s at her dad’s house on the weekends and whenever I need to go on a trip, so that’s helpful. If I have to go out on a weeknight she either comes with me (less and less now—she’d rather stay home) or she stays home, as long as it’s not more than 3 hours. When she was younger she went to daycare.
How do you split up childcare responsibilities with your ex-husband?
My ex-husband has our daughter on the weekends. I have no idea how they do things over there!
I don’t necessarily want a husband, but a handyman sure would be nice.
What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being a professional mom? What is your favorite part about it?
Balancing the time is difficult. I have to plan my schedule far in advance to work in all the events I go to and the events required at my daughter’s school (how the heck are these women going to PTA meetings at 11 am?) I try to limit the evening events as much as I can and budget them out so I’m not spending time away from my daughter.
My favorite part of it is that my daughter has a good model of how to mix the personal and professional, and I hope she looks up to me in both respects. She also sees a woman who is self-sufficient and who is not afraid to try new things. I’m not dependent on anyone but myself, but she sees that I always have support from friends and family. I know her friends think my job is cool!