And other stories on striking a balance between motherhood and professional life
By Amy L. Morris
May 31, 2012
“Andrea brushed her teeth with Desitin. She’s going to be late.”
This was the lead statement at a Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications staff meeting several years ago. For those of you who haven’t experienced the joys of motherhood, Desitin is a product meant to sooth a baby’s sore hiney and it looks much like toothpaste through the sleep-starved eyes of the mother of a new born – Andrea Ness at that time. Reason being, babies sometimes don’t sleep. At least they don’t sleep when you want them to. And this can make for a long work day.
When I started at Martin Waymire I had a 9-week-old baby (who will turn 6 years old this week). Andrea followed with her sons Brody, 3, and Tanner, 1. Martin Waymire principals Roger Martin and David Waymire are definitely in tune to the challenges involved in raising young children and being a strong and contributing employee, and are more than accommodating. In fact, Waymire has offered childcare services, horseback riding opportunities, and has even transported the children of Martin Waymire staff to grandmas across the state when staff members need to attend meetings, and Mr. Martin is quick to tell staff that family is first. They both recognize that there are moments when the show stops – when your child throws up on your high heels a few hours before an important meeting for example. In these rare instances, they will go the extra mile. Because of this, our staff and their families will also go the extra mile professionally and personally to ensure that our clients are never left wanting. With the support of our principals and teammates we can be excellent mothers and strong professionals.
Last week the Huffington Post reported on research indicating working mothers were actually happier than those who stayed home with children. This may be because working mothers are not as financially strapped as those who stay home. And while I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to parent, it is important for me to have resources to raise my daughter – and I also enjoy my work. The key is achieving a balance – sometimes easier said than done.
I recently began following a blog called Hands Free Mama. This blogger advocates “Letting Go To Grasp What Really Matters” – e.g. shut the iPhone off while watching the soccer game, close the laptop and read a book, etc. I love this conceptually and have adopted many of her suggestions, but on the practical side of things there are times when I need to work. Other times I need to be 100 percent present – mentally and physically for my daughter. I think the answer lies in great employers, organization, balance and of course coffee… lots of coffee. For tips on balancing life as a working mother check out the baby zone.