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CEO Mommy: “It’s important to stop and smell the roses”

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. This month’s post is by Lorrel Marin who is the founded LEEP Forward, a Pediatric Developmental Clinic for kids with special needs.  I met Lorell professionally a few months ago as a scholar in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Chicago. 

As the saying goes, it is important to stop and smell the roses. As a business owner and mom of two little girls it can be difficult to put the brakes on.  If you include working on your second master’s degree it can be hard to find time to stop for anything. However, it is important to find the time to acknowledge your accomplishments and see how they can help keep propelling you forward. Without the pause you will stay on automatic pilot and may miss opportunities for true business and personal growth.

As a recent graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program I wasted no time and moved right into the ICCC program. Both programs have opened doors for me as a business owner in terms of networking and making new connections that open more doors to other opportunities. My business has recently been acknowledged as one of the top 100 fasted growing inner city companies in the country. It was an honor to learn we were #10 on that list acknowledged by ICCC and Fortune Magazine. One of the best lessons I have learned from other thought leaders and successful business people is it is ok to focus on your bank account but it is more important to focus on the impact you have on your community and create a place that allows your employees to continue to grow as well. How to leverage this award and other public recognition is the next step in business development. My company would not be where it is without the support of a wonderfully talented and dedicated team. It seems the best way to leverage the award and recognition the company receives is to make sure the team is inspired by the difference they are making in order to continue to help the company grow. A mission of the company is to ensure as the business grows each employee can benefit and also continue to grow. Leveraging the recent recognition also helps our company stay at the forefront as thought leaders.

One way we have been able to do this is to create the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum. The NPDDF is a thought leadership initiative for the advancement of relationship -based therapies. It is important to channel this positive recognition into something that will also benefit the community, professionals and families we work with. The NPDDF allows us a platform to provide this. The recent business growth is because of the team. We would not be here without them. They make me a better person, business owner and mom.

About Lorell:

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Lorell received her Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University, Manhattan, N.Y., her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Richard Stockton State College, N.J.  She has also been credentialed as a Developmental Therapist in Illinois. Lorell is currently enrolled in her second master’s program to earn her LCSW in addition to working towards her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Science. Lorell is the co-founder of the National Developmental Differences Forum (NDPPF). This forum is a thought leadership initiative for the advancement of relationship-based therapies. She founded LEEP Forward, a Pediatric Developmental Clinic for kids with special needs 15 years ago. She recently was acknowledged by Fortune magazine and ICIC as 2016 top 10 company for inner city business development and five year growth.

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CEO Mommy: Doing it all – and loving it!

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. This month’s post is by Katherine O. McHenry who is the Owner of Building Blocks Toy Store who I met professionally a few months ago as a scholar in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Chicago. 

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Every once in a while, I get asked, “how do you do it all?”. I know it may be a rhetorical question and meant to be a compliment, a positive comment about how much I can accomplish as a mother running her own business. I often feel like I want to really answer the question and set that person straight. Not because I want her to feel badly, but for the completely opposite reason.

Being able to “do it all” is a function of what “all” includes. I barely cook. I don’t know how to operate my washer/dryer. I don’t know where the broom and cleaning supplies are kept. Even in my business, I don’t “do it all”. I have no idea what my kids’ shoe sizes are and where their swim goggles are. With these confessions made, I can proudly say that my family is well fed, we always have clean laundered clothes, the house is relatively in order, my company is thriving, and my kids are becoming better swimmers as they practice in class each week. No mom can do it all, literally, by herself. The secret to a successful mom? Empower all those around you to make the magic happen. Outsource (pay!!) for any and all “chores” that you and your partner get no joy out of partaking in. My husband likes to do the laundry, even loves the steam iron (his man toy!!), so he handles that. Neither ones of us cooks a lot so we order in, eat out, and tell all our friends we love their homemade meals. We pay for housecleaning and raised our acceptance level for messiness. We don’t have family for emergencies and free babysitting so we have a list of great services which we occasionally use. We both take on child-rearing in a supportive way to each other. Sometimes he is doing more of the work and sometimes I”m pulling more weight. Without our partnership, I would not be able to feel completely satisfied as a parent. Without him, I would not “have it all”, the best of both family fulfillment and entrepreneurial achievements.

At work, I am constantly scrutinizing the use of my time. Having kids forces you to think this way. There’s just not enough time to be doing everything all by yourself anymore. These kids need your time now! So I ask myself: Do I need to be the person handling this. Can I outsource this? Can I give this responsibility away to someone else who would do a better job and enjoy it? As a result, people who work in my company are able to take on more important roles and feel satisfaction. They are the reason my business is growing and thriving at this caliber.

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong just won her 3rd Olympic Gold medal at age 42. She says “…being a mom is my secret weapon”, and no truer words have been spoken about motherhood for me. When I became a mom for the first time 6 years ago, I couldn’t operate my business and myself the same anymore. The transition from a “me-life” to a “mom-life” gave me the opportunity to create community and create a bigger and more rewarding life for myself and for those around me.

Everything is handled, mom. So now what? Go play of course!

About Building Blocks Toy Store: 


From their company website: At Building Blocks Toy Store, we love to have fun. In fact, you could call us “champions of play.” Walk through our shop and you’ll see toys, books, games, puzzles, crafts, trucks, trains, dolls, science, baby toys and so much more. These playthings didn’t come here by chance; everything is meticulously scrutinized for its play value and quality. No matter your budget, you’ll find a great discovery, from affordable toys that just require a quick dip into the piggy bank, to high-design diversions for those that want the top of the line. Whether you are looking for party favors, birthday presents, tools that inspire learning and developing, or well-curated books, Building Blocks will leave you smiling.

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CEO Mommy: Work-Life Balance from a Small Business Owner

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. This month’s post is by Susan Rescigno, President of Rescigno’s Marketing Connections who I actually met professionally a few months ago back, found out we have mutual family/friends and now I’m happy to call her my friend too!

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Running your own small business and balancing your life is like the teeter-totter on the playground.   Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down; and when everything aligns, you’re balanced.  The problem seems to be in learning how to balance. Remember when you were little and your friend would jump off the other end and you would go flying down? Well, that’s exactly what happens if you don’t set yourself up for a balanced life.

Now, you’re probably wondering how do I maintain that balance? I thought maybe, after 24 years of experience, I would share with you some things that have worked for me:

  • Prioritize what is most important to you. My priority was always my family so I set things up accordingly.  I scheduled my work day so I could pick the kids up from school and be home when they were home.  This doesn’t mean that I left the office unattended or that when there were issues I didn’t go back.  It just means that the majority of the time, I was able to pick my kids up and take them home and put on my Mom hat.
  • Create a support system for the family of my husband, my mother, and my mother-in-law that I relied on for all things family.
  • Create a support system at the office of three key employees that could always handle things when I wasn’t there. My rule was if they made a decision in my absence, I would always support them.  If I had a different idea of how the situation should have been handled, we would discuss it privately, just so they would learn how I would have handled it.
  • Make time for family and friends. I find it to be very helpful to get out with my friends and laugh.  Sometimes you just don’t want to make plans for the weekend because you need the down time, but it’s very important to get your mind off of the business and relax.
  • Make time for vacations. When we first started the business the only way the family could take a vacation together was if we closed down for a week.  I realized that we were very slow the week of July 4th so, from the very beginning, we have closed that week.  This has continued to this day and fortunately, I have developed a staff that can run the business in my absence.  I take at least 3- 4 weeks of vacation a year.   I have to add that I always do my best thinking when I am away from the business.  It really clears my head and enables me to see the forest through the trees.
  • Get involved in other things. Join boards, volunteer, take classes or join associations.  All of these things will help you stay balanced and fulfilled.  They may even get you more clients.
  • Stay involved in your church and keep the faith.

As we all know, balancing is never easy and life is never going to be perfectly balanced all the time, but if you set a few things in place your life will be more balanced and fulfilled.  Remember a teeter totter never stays level unless you are riding it.  You need to be in control.


Susan Rescigno has been in the Direct Marketing and Fundraising field for over 30 years. In 1992, she started her business in her garage and, to date, she has helped over 800 clients with counsel, planning, design, print and direct mail. She works with her team to help clients bring their annual fund programs to the next level. She has doubled and tripled annual fund programs in 2 – 3 years. Her philosophy is doing the fundamentals consistently well.  She believes in sharing the knowledge that she has gained over the years to help organizations bring in much needed annual donations.  Sue also manages the daily operations of her staff and helps generate new business, as well as managing existing business through a variety of proven fundraising and marketing strategies and tactics.  Sue’s passion is living life to the fullest, enjoying what she does and pushing herself to be all that she can be!

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CEO Mommy: One of the “lucky” ones

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. This month’s post is Mallory Simms who I actually met professionally a few years back and I’m happy to now call her my friend. 

I am writing this as one of the “lucky” ones.

Yes, definitely one of the “lucky” ones that was able to turn my 50+ hour work week into a part-time, work-from-home consulting business practically the day I became a mom to my 1 ½ year old son.

I use the word lucky because I hear from moms how they love their job, but want to scale back hours, and I did that.  I read posts from moms about how if they could dissolve their commute and obligatory happy hours they would have that precious time at home, and I do.

I use the word lucky loosely because while I’m thankful for the hours at home and flexible schedule, the work-from-home mom resume comes with challenges and on its worse days, disappointments.

As a full-time mom and a part-time market research consultant, I teeter between the parent and corporate world on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.  For example, take the “mommy’s helper” that I hired.  She always arrives just as I’ve finished preparing the day’s activities and before I’ve even begun to walk into my office, she’s asking if I want to eat lunch with them because of course, she knows I want to, and I’m home.

So I have lunch, and the rest of the afternoon is spent fighting off the urge to get dishes in the sink and the “I’m home” guilt as I hear my son engaging in an activity I’m not part of.  This typically results in me spending more time laboring over which world I should be in, mommy or professional, than actually working.

Mommy issues aside, there are also real concerns of lost opportunity and lack of visibility working from home.  Despite a steadfast work ethic and seamless communication, the work from home mom will still miss out on interoffice conversation with peers and will never get to strategically attend an office social event knowing her boss’s boss will be there too.  Little things maybe, but in my experience, they matter.  Being heard and not seen makes it that much more difficult to get your ideas in front of those that matter.

As the months have gone on I have learned that the keys to making it work are balance, persistence and redefined expectations.  No, you can’t attend to your child’s every need during the day and still perform at work.  You just have to reach equilibrium. You will still get countless more hours with your little one than you would if you went to the office every day, and you will be a happier, and therefore a better, mom.

Also know that it will be harder to have an edge at work when you’re not there every day.  You will likely need to send more emails, follow-up more diligently and create your own opportunities more than ever before.  But it can be done, and if you can take the lost happy hour invites and missed inside jokes with a grain of salt, you’ll be able to cut out the office ‘clutter’ and spend that extra time being mommy.

So, I still feel lucky. No, I might not be able to make a homemade lunch everyday, but if more often than not I get to sit down and eat it with my son, I’m lucky.  It might have taken three calls and five emails to get feedback on my last report, but for me it’s worth it.  I never thought I could have my job and be at home with my son too, and albeit not perfect, I do in fact have both.  If you’re considering doing the same, or hope to some day, just remember that no matter how it feels for you, if you can make it work, you’re one of the lucky ones.  In fact, if we make it work at all, full-time, part-time, in-office, at-home, aren’t we all lucky?


Mallory is a wife, mother and a professional.  She has been married for eight years and her son is a year and a half old.  She is currently a part-time market research consultant with 10 years of experience in brand research and competitive intelligence.  Originally from Chicago, she now lives in Atlanta.

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CEO Mommy: Embrace the Imbalance!

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. This month’s post is from a very good friend of mine, Mercedes Kane, who is  founder and president of Daisy May Films. Enjoy!


A few weeks ago at a party, I met Terry, a retired professional and mom. Talk drifted to daycare strategies, as happens with working moms, and Terry revealed she had to drop her kids off at daycare at 6 a.m. in Connecticut to make the two-hour drive to her high-powered job in New York, retrieving them close to 6:30 p.m. most days.

It was 25+ years ago for her, but Terry still grimaced as she remembered her initial search for child care, and how, after revealing her start and end times to daycare facilitators, many would bluntly ask, “Why did you even bother having children at all?”

Shocking, right? Not really.

I’m pretty sure almost every working mother, at any time in history, has been on the other end of a similarly critical question, or has even wondered such things about herself a time or two. I know I have.

A typical Type-A personality, I’ve always taken pride in my ability to approach my work, my home and my creative endeavors in an organized and efficient way. It’s how I’ve been able to work full-time, direct and produce three documentary films, teach a class or two and still find time for fun.

It’s with reluctant acceptance that I now admit: those days are long gone. I don’t know about you, but for me it seems downright unachievable to divide my time equally every day between parenting, my professional life, my partner and my creative passion projects.

This may not be a popular stance, but what I’m here to tell you is that true balance is, in fact, impossible. Unachievable. Impracticable. Unrealistic. We’re setting ourselves up for failure if we’re trying to do it all, all of the time.

This can be a hard concept to grasp for driven women who become moms. And while, nearly 20 months in, I’m still trying to figure it all out, I do have some truths I’ve learned to live by, that might benefit you too:

It’s okay to want to work.  

I often hear mothers speaking in such a way that it sounds like they’re only working because they have to, and not because it might actually be what they want to do. That’s certainly the case for some people, but if you love what you do – professionally, creatively or both – then own it, give it the time and attention it deserves and don’t hold back out of guilt that you could be doing something for your child instead. I firmly believe your child will take notice of this dedication and even hopefully emulate it one day.

Something is going to suffer, so get used to it.

In order to fully devote yourself to anything, you need focus. Therefore, on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that you will direct your attention towards one thing over another. Some days you’ll have a late night at work and other days you’ll skip work to care for a sick child, and in-between there will be a whole lot of less-defined compromises you’ll make to meet tight deadlines and be there for your family. Take it day by day. It’ll all even out in the end.

Practice a truly equal partnership.  

I know so many women who are co-parenting with equally smart, kind and capable partners. The problem is that many of these women are still parenting under the assumption that they are the “primary” caregivers, even when they’re working just as many hours as their co-parents. Not me. I am proud to say that my partner packs my son’s diaper bag better than me. I was happy when his tenured teaching position allowed him to take more maternity leave than I could. Do I feel bad grabbing the occasional after-work cocktail every so often while my spouse puts our son to sleep? Nope. And I’d do the same for him.

Sometimes it pays to pay.  

With children come added expenses, so it can be tough to justify paying for things you could technically take care of yourself. My question is, what is your time worth? If something is taking up valuable time and you can afford to do it another way (or not at all), I say go for it. Is cooking dinner stressing you out? How about a meal delivery plan? Do you despise spending Saturday afternoons cleaning your house? Why not splurge on a monthly cleaning service? Whatever it is, weigh the time versus the money and make the call that will keep you sane.

If you don’t have a village, build a village.  

Not everyone has a family they can lean on at all times. Some people live far from their family, or their family is busy, too. But regardless of your family situation, you need a support system you can count on. So I say, FIND THEM. I am so lucky to have people in my life who love my son almost as much as I do and want to be around him, who will give me advice when I need it, and who will come over to hang while my kiddo sleeps, in lieu of a night on the town. We all need support, so whether yours comes in the form of friends, family, or both, let people help – and then help them back.

Of course, I don’t blame you if you don’t want to take advice from a novice like me, but it turns out I’m in good company. Renowned astrophysicist, TV-host, parent and all-around genius Neil deGrasse Tyson, recently shared his own similar, yet superior, thoughts on embracing the work/life imbalance.

“You don’t go to the amusement park roller coaster and say ‘I want to be balanced,’” deGrasse Tyson said. “No, you want to be as unbalanced as possible, because that’s the thrill ride.”

Buckle up, moms. It’s bound to get bumpy.

3148c7cMercedes Kane is the founder and president of Daisy May Films. She recently completed her third feature length documentary, the award-winning “Breakfast at Ina’s” which premiered at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival and is currently screening at film festivals nationwide. Her previous films, “Today We Saw the Face of God” (2012) and “Hearts of Hope” (2009) both screened internationally, winning awards and accolades from critics and audiences alike. Mercedes was associate producer on the feature film “Chicago Heights”, named One of the Best Art Films of 2010 by Roger Ebert. She lives in Chicago with her partner Sanghoon and their son Jasper, and works as a Creative Director at Kindle Communications.

For more information on where you can see “Breakfast at Ina’s” or any of Mercedes’ films, visit:


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CEO Mommy: Oh, You’re a Mom?! Well then, You MUST DO IT ALL.

*This post is part of a monthly series called CEO Mommy which will be guest written by a few amazing ladies in my personal and professional network. The first installment is from Heather K. Terry, the woman behind NibMor Chocolate, and the author of the recently released book, From Broadway to Wall Street: Cautionary Tales of an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Enjoy!

Nothing was more thrilling than becoming a mom. I wasn’t born with the mom gene (I actually never thought I’d get married, let alone have a child) but when I had my daughter, I was equally excited and terrified (which oftentimes is a sign that you are on the right path, by the way). I was overwhelmed, full of gratitude and had no idea what I was doing (kind of like when I started my first business, Everyone spends so much time getting you prepared for the delivery of a baby, but not very much is spent on discussing the next 18+ years that follow. 

You share your body with this baby ‘tenant’ for 10 months and then…guess what? You share your life! Like not just a little bit of it, but a whole lot. I was not prepared for this – at all. I was already in my 30’s when I had my daughter. I was set in my ways. I had MY way of doing things. I could watch TV whenever I wanted. I could go out at 10pm on any given night. When my business had a fire that needs to be put out, I could go extinguish it at any hour of any day- no one depended on me to BE there (except maybe my dog, but he had an amazingly strong bladder). My life was all mine but now it isn’t. 

No one sympathized. I was one of the first of my group of friends to have a child. I was expected to have this baby and assume my usual responsibilities. I was back to work within the week of having her – from home, but still working (when you have a start-up it’s tough to lose a pair of hands when all hands are on deck all the time). I didn’t know how to take a shower and watch a baby. I would touch her every five minutes to make sure she was breathing while I was ordering inventory for my business and answering emails. You get the point. The whole thing was bananas. 

I thought it would all get ‘easier’ but what I realized after a while was that it was just going to be different. I was going to have to accept the fact that society expects a whole lot more from us moms. We have to be the primary care giver to our children, we need to work, we need to take care of our home, pay our bills, still find time to work out, look perfect and be on top of everything. HA! This is the biggest joke, ladies. See the thing is, you do the best you can. You have good days and bad days. It’s life. Please, I beg you, stop trying to be perfect at everything. You will drive yourself mad. 

With that said, I have some helpful tips and tricks for keeping it together. Some of these were created so you can stop driving yourself bonkers. My personal and professional plates are VERY FULL because I choose to do A LOT with my time. I am pretty “type-A” and I can’t sit still, so I have a kid and a business, I’m in school, and I think I’m a pretty good wife and friend (I’ll let them judge!). Also, I get help. I have zero shame in admitting that. You don’t have to do everything to still be amazing. However, if you choose to do a lot (because you want to), these suggestions should help you out:

1. Figure out what you really want and need in your life. This is key, ladies. Don’t do things you hate – it will spill over into everything you do. If you love yoga and need it, find a way to get it into your schedule. If you go to a spin class because you think you are supposed to and you despise it, stop and find something else. That spin class might keep your waste line trim, but you will just be in a bad mood, which doesn’t help anyone. 

2. Get on a schedule. This is a really serious point. I wake up at 5am to practice yoga (because it makes me feel good), I shower, then I spend time with my daughter before I get on the train to the city at 7am. I have my day and I haul ass back home to be there for bedtime because it is important to me (there are days I have to stay late – life happens and so do meetings). I cook dinner and then I work on classwork and my biz for the rest of the night. I am lights out at 10pm. That is the way it goes in our house. Get on a schedule, get in the important things and get your sanity back. Schedules change everyone’s lives. 

3. Schedule things to look forward to. Plan a trip or outing either with or without kids that everyone can look forward to so the monotonous day-to-day stuff is more bearable. I am a big fan of the spouse trip without kids. If you don’t have a spouse, go with your significant other or go with your sister or your mom, I don’t care just get away and do something for you, without kids! IT’S IMPORTANT!

4. Negotiate with your partner. My husband and I both need downtime and we know how important it is to our sanity. We take five minutes on a Friday and negotiate when we’ll each get a little alone time to do whatever we want over the weekend. Not because we don’t love each other or our kid, but because we do. 

5. Get help. Get it in whatever way you can. I cannot stress how important this is. 30 years ago most of our parents had family, of some kind, living nearby to help out, but that is generally not the case today. You know the saying, “It takes a village?” They were referring to the village that supported you in your life – we don’t really have that anymore, so barter, pay someone, do a nanny share, get someone to help clean your house – ANYTHING! It will be the best money you ever spent!

Fellow mommies, you are not Superwoman. It is impossible to do it ALL on your own. Find what you need and what makes you happy and you’ll be doing just fine. 


Heather K. Terry is the chocolatier behind NibMor Chocolate, which can be found in thousands of retail locations nationwide. Entrepreneur, yogi, food enthusiast, author and mom, Heather is a health aficionado and an advocate for eating real, simply prepared, organic foods (especially chocolate). Heather is also big on empowering women in business to live their lives while bringing home the (nitrate free) bacon and inspires thousands via her Instagram feed (@heatherkterry) by sharing her entrepreneurial experiences, yoga practice and food choices. She holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and studied chocolate making at The International Culinary Center (where she is now pursuing Pastry Arts). Heather’s first book, From Broadway to Wall Street: Cautionary Tales of an Unlikely Entrepreneur, hit bookshelves November 2015 ( Heather also feels kind of weird tooting her own horn and writing about herself in the third person.

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Do the working mom guilties ever go away?

I, as most people in America, do not have a strict nine-to-five schedule.  Some days I work 8am-4pm and other days I’m at work 11am-6pm.  While I love my job and what I do, a year after my son’s birth I still constantly have the “mommy guilt” of working a lot and not being home with my child enough.

Here is a typical day in our home: I arise at 6:00am to start getting ready for work.  What really happens is that I set my alarm for 5:30am in anticipation of “this is the day I’ll blow-dry my hair and look half way presentable at work” and in reality I snooze until 6:00am and find some products to fix my frizzy, untamed mane.  Each morning, while in the shower, I pray that my son stays asleep long enough that I can shave my legs.  Just as I finish getting ready for work, my son usually wakes about 6:45am, which allows me about 15 minutes to see him in the morning and give him a few snuggles before I walk out the door at 7:00am.

After work on a regular day, I walk in the door about 5:30pm to a super cute toddler waiting in the front window and an amazing husband to greet me with a warm embrace and kiss.  Just as Clark Kent hops into the phone booth to emerge as Superman, my work bag hits the kitchen table and I feel like I’m being transformed into “Mommy-mode” which is in full effect from that moment on! Making dinner, cleaning up toys, feeding the little one, bath time and bedtime all by 7:30pm.  Once my son is asleep, I take a few minutes to eat, clean up the kitchen, prep meals for the next day, spend a little catch up time with my husband and then get ready for bed by 9:00pm to start the whole process all over again tomorrow.  Grading papers, reading all the posts I saved on Facebook and catching up on the DVR all will have to wait until another day because those three cups of coffee I’ve had during the day have worn off and this Momma is done.

As a working mommy, I rely heavily on my iPhone and FaceTime to keep me connected to my son while I’m at work. Nothing melts my heart more that seeing his smiling face toddling around the house saying “Momma” or when he’s independently sitting down flipping through his book saying “doggy” or growling like a tiger. While technology and smartphones are a great way to stay connected during the day, sometimes seeing my son upsets him more than if I have never called.  He wants to hug or to play with me when I’m not there and it breaks my heart.  Lucky for me I have my husband and my mom who are there to watch him while I’m at work.

My questions for the more seasoned moms out there in cyberland are these: does it ever get easier?  Do the working mom guilties ever really go away?  Many moms have told me that once they are older you’ll be happy you have a job to go to because you’ll need an escape from your kids, but I don’t feel that way now, and I don’t know if I ever will.  I’m not one of the moms who will call her kid a little, rotten SOB.  Sadly, even while on vacation in Ireland this past summer with my husband, we missed our son so much that all I wanted to do was come home to snuggle him up.

I guess only time will tell when those working mom guilties will fade away – and you can bet I’ll let you know when I reach that milestone in my parenting life.