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Interview with Manya Chait, VP of Public Relations with VistaPrint

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6. If you have a spouse or a partner, what does he do? How do you split up your domestic duties? (e.g., who does morning routine, bath time, daycare/school drop off, etc.)

My husband is a great dad and pretty involved. He drops my daughter off every morning and will help with bath/bedtime whenever he is home. He’s also a good cook when we have time to shop and actually cook anything. I should also mention we spend all weekends together as a family. Those times are very important to us.

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

Most challenging is the constant tug between work and home life. Favorite part is the ability to have a career if I so choose.

What compromises have you had to make personally and professionally since becoming a mom? Has having children affected your career path?

VistaPrint has been extremely supportive of my work/life balance. I am starting a part time schedule so I can pick up my daughter at 3pm when she enters Kindergarten. It’s hard to find executive level jobs that allow you that kind of flexibility.

8. Did you find that your colleagues/clients treated you differently after you had kids?

I didn’t find that at all. Everyone around me has kids too so everyone was very understanding.

9. Who/what has been most helpful to you as you’ve navigated through your career as a mom? Where do you go for support/advice to help you?

Believe it or not, my husband. He’s my best friend, mentor and my biggest fan.

10. Please share with us the top three things/strategies that help you successfully get through your days at work and at home.

1) Lists, lists, lists. I have lists at home and at work. If I don’t write it down, I’ll never remember it.

2) Asking for help. In addition to a helpful husband, my mother and mother-in-law have been fantastic at stepping in for pick ups or making dinner when we ask them for help.

3) Schedules. Regular schedules help all of us know what we’re doing when. It’s critical both during the week and on weekends.

11. As professional moms we are constantly after finding that elusive work/life balance. Can you talk about what that balance means for you and ways – however small or big – you’ve managed to find it?

For me the balance of what I do at work and what I do with my family is only part of the equation. I also really need time alone. If I don’t get that, I’m not good at anything else.

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