Today, I begin a new interview series on this blog: How She Does It. (this is tongue-in-cheek, let me be clear: none of us does it all, and on that point I’m crystal clear).
As you know, I am a working mother. That decision isn’t what I want to talk about in this series: there has been enough ink and heartache spilled on the big question of whether or not, and how, mothers “should” work. I don’t think I can add to this conversation, because it’s been debated and discussed ad nauseum by many people more intelligent and articulate than I. Also, one thing I know for sure is that families and marriages are the most private of this life’s terrains, and none of us can fully understand the background of the decisions others make. Let’s stop making assumptions about them.
Do I think every mother should work? Absolutely not. Am I presenting a value judgment on the choices of others? Absolutely not.
Are many of my favorite and most beloved people at-home moms? Absolutely so. Is it the right thing for me to work, for many reasons? Absolutely so.
What I am interested in, however, is the ways in which other working moms organize and manage their lives. I am fascinated by concrete tips, specific advice, and observations from experience. These nuances and details are what I plan to showcase in this series. Without further ado, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our inaugural interview. Kathryn Beaumont has been one of my closest friends for almost 22 years. We met as freshman in college and I’m thrilled that we live near each other now. She works full time as a lawyer and literary agent and has two children, a daughter, 6, and a son, 4. Thank you, Kathryn, for being my very first participant (a drop in the bucket of things I have to thank you for).
4. Do you second-guess yourself? How do you handle that?
6. Do you exercise? If so, when?
Favorite book? It’s too difficult to pick a favorite, but I am reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books to my daughter right now, all of which I already read about 8 times. I realize how meaningful they were to me as a child and how they stirred an early interest in American history.
Favorite musician? Eek! Too hard! How about favorite Pandora channels? The Coldplay channel or the Annie Lennox channel are currently on heavy rotation.
Favorite item (toy, clothing, or other) for your children? My four-year-old and I are playing a lot of Zingo and plain old “War” with playing cards. My six-year-old (in between the Rainbow Loom and her American Girl dolls) is really into this fantastic iPad app called “Stack the States”, which is a clever geography lesson and which I even have fun playing. Also, I highly recommend this lunchbox with a built-in ice pack (so you can’t lose it)!
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