Mom Interviews

Beth Avant

Freelance Director at a PR Agency

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On Tuesday and Thursday, the days I work, I take my son to school by 7:30 – 8am. I’m back in my home office at 9am. If it’s a slow day, I will try to sneak in a quick hour at the gym prior to going to my home office. I work until 4 – 4:30pm and pick up my son by 5pm. I don’t have a nanny now, but when he was an infant and I worked full time, we had help. Now we have a babysitter at night, when we go out.

Best thing about your job: Flexibility! When I worked full time I had little flexibility, especially if I had scheduled meetings.

Most challenging thing about your job: Staying focused. Being at my home office, which is right next to the kitchen, I get easily distracted. Interestingly, the more I have to do, the easier it is for me to get things done.

What is your childcare arrangement and how happy are you with it?

It’s hard to find the right school. I’m happy with the class where my son is now, but not with the one he was in before. We’re going to send him to a different school next year, because I worry about high turnover of teachers at the one where he is now. I feel that he needs more stability and consistency; when he changed teachers last time the adjustment period was challenging.

If you have a spouse or a partner, what does he do? How do you split up your domestic duties?

My husband is a recruiter/staffing manager. He is fantastic. His schedule is pretty normal with a little bit of travel, but not too much. We split everything 50/50 depending on schedules. If I have to do something in the morning he will take our son to school. If he needs to be at work early, I’ll do it. For a while, my husband was the primary cook in the house. But I didn’t think it was fair for him to work out of the house all day and then have to come home and cook dinner, so I did take on that household chore. And had to learn to cook - so that’s been an adjustment!

What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being a professional mom? What is your favorite part about it?

Most challenging aspect is achieving personal balance. I want to do so much and be promoted and at the same time not give up a moment with my child. My career drive is so strong and my desire to be a mom is also strong. I end up having to sacrifice your ambition.

4 comments so far...

  • Love your page Beth! Working full time and being a mom, keeping the house clean and paying the bills can all be so overwhelming. Did I mention work-out too? Sometimes I just want to collapse, and then I get so short tempered because all I want to do is play with my 6 yr old daughter. BUt overall I am so lucky to have a job, and to do what I love to do which is selling Real Estate. I realize as soon as I make an issue about somethingn then it has become an issue. I am learning to rise above and find solutions. Juggle away, but try to capture the moment and stop to smell the flowers. Love your blog sight! Charge!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamasita on 19th August 2010

  • it's so good to hear how others do it day to day! thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Tiff on 1st May 2007

  • Great answers Beth!! You are juggling so well, I'm proud of you.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by akalterego on 30th April 2007

  • I really like your advice about talking to your boss if feeling overwhelmed. I work in a completely male dominated industry and don't think my boss would ever be sympathetic to how I feel as a mom, but what you wrote really made me think that perhaps even he could surprise me...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 30th April 2007