It shouldn’t take an annual holiday to remind us to be grateful for all the good in our lives, but the world of a parent can be a pretty hectic place. Sometimes you are just treading water while juggling, trying to keep all the balls of kid-stuff, relationship-stuff, work-stuff in the air while also keeping your chin up, so to speak. And it isn’t always easy. (Actually, it’s probably never “easy”!)
But we all find our way, trading tricks of the trade with fellow parents as we watch the kids run up and down the soccer field or scratch out Twinkle Twinkle on their tiny violins. And much like every family has its own holiday traditions — baked yams or sweet potatoes with marshmallow….homemade boiled-down cranberry sauce or the canned jelly that comes out with a satisfying schloop and those tasty, tasty ridges — they also find their own unique ways to handle challenges that pop up in daily life.
For some, having a household with two working parents is a perfect fit. For others, splitting wage earning duties makes more sense, so one parent might stay home or they might both pull part time jobs on different shifts. These kind of decisions are often fluid as ages and stages pass, making childcare a bigger issue at some times than others when school options give a bit of respite.
So much like we collect those kernels of problem-solving genius on the sidelines of the big game, we went to the experts and asked this year’s Mompreneurs to weigh in with stories of their own inspiration toward entrepreneurship and tips on how to survive as a mom raising babies, and a business at the same time. (Spoiler Alert, it involves juggling underwater.)
Though running very different endeavors, our Mompreneurs all had one big thing in common, enormous gratitude for the support of their families.
I would like to take the big annual Calendar-led hint and express my own thank you’s. I am thankful for many things, but none more than my amazing family. My parents who raised us in a creative, lively, nurturing, happy home and whose lifelong safety net allowed me to leap fearlessly into (and around) the world. My sibs and their families who round out our craziness with ready laughs, drinks to clink, and shoulders to unload on (often all at the same time). And most of all, my handsome, sweet, talented son Nakoa, who though it defies logic, somehow just makes me prouder with every passing day. I am, quite simply, the luckiest girl in the world.
I have a feeling that while the photos on the walls (or let’s be honest, running our phones out of storage) might be different in your homes, you probably feel the same way.
Editor’s Note: When we decided to celebrate Moms at Work with this annual issue, we certainly never intended to suggest one family’s system of caring for the kiddos and managing the household was more or less valid than another’s. (Some just prefer those tasty, tasty ridges.)