Mom to Hunter, Harlow, Piper, Presley and Dylan
Length of Maternity Leave: 16-weeks
What did you struggle with most about returning to work after having your kids?
My biggest concern is having the right support at home. It is very important that while my husband and I are at work that our 5 children will get the same level of attention and care as when we are there.
What do you find difficult about being a working parent?
It is important to disconnect from work once you get home. I have a hard time putting down my phone and reading emails, but it is so important the kids have my undivided attention.
What do you enjoy about being a working parent?
I love my career and I love my family. A true blessing that I can have both.
After being back at work for some time, have your views about career and family changed?
I realize for me, it is very important I work. I find I am a better mom having the proper balance.
Knowing what you know now, what’s one thing you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself as you were preparing to return to work or getting ramped up in your role?
In the past I have stressed about being out for 16 weeks, but you realize that the work is there waiting for you. If you are good at your job then you quickly get right back into it.
What did you choose for childcare, and how has it been for your family?
I always have my support staff come to me. Daycare would be hard because my day starts very early. Because my little ones stay home and are not in school, I have to work hard on finding them good classes so they socialize with other kids outside of their siblings.
I truly believe it is possible to have it all. I could not give up my career and my kids and husband would not want me to. Children adapt to the environment you give them. If they know you are a working mom than that is their norm. In the end, everyone is happy!