Working Mom Role Models

I interviewed a woman today, as part of a project I’m working on for a client. She told me that she came in to work a little late this morning because she’d just delivered her kids (aged four and seven) to her parents’ home out of state. For the summer.

No, that’s not the role model part but GOSH what wild summers we would have had, kid free for three months. I digress.

She shared with me, that not only are she and her husband committed to their kids spending time with the grandparents but every year they take an adult vacation — just the two of them, somewhere fabulous. Every! Year!

I was so jealous I could barely finish the interview. I was all, “Uh, where was I?” while imagining myself lolling about on a beach, Mai Tai in hand on an annual “adult” vacation.

I managed to congratulate her, gave her the verbal slap on the back and said, maybe a little TOO emphatically, “That’s fantastic! More people should do that.”

And I meant it. More people should flat take vacations, adult or kid-oriented, no matter; but SHAME on you if you reach the end of the year with vacation time to burn.

So today that gal is my mom role model.

Who’s yours?

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I'm a public relations professional, social media consultant and work-at-home-mom living and working in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Marijean Jaggers and this is my blog.
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5 Responses to Working Mom Role Models

  1. Maiaoming says:

    Isn’t 4 years old a little young to be gone from mom and dad for 3 months??? Even 7? I guess it depends on the kids and their relationship with their grandparents… I know I certainly would not want my child spending that much time with my mother, heh heh…

    For my mom when she was a little kid, summers with her grandparents was heaven – away from the hell that was home.

  2. marijean says:

    I agree — but families have different relationships and different ways of raising children — in the deep South, where this woman is from, I understand that summers with grandparents is a very common practice. I’ve known other families that have done this. For your mom, it seems to have been her saving grace.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Summer trips with the grandparents, I understand. Long weekends or even vacations without the children, I totally get. But almost three months away from home? No way. That’s not parenting. I admire the parents who do just that, parent, all the time, while juggling all the rest of the balls of life. You know, the rest of us.

  4. marijean says:

    Jennifer, I am with you and can’t even imagine it, personally. Let’s face it though, not everyone is equipped to parent all the time and I’m sure in some cases, it’s actually better for the children.

    I admire stay at home moms for that reason — they are “on” 24/7. There were many times when my kids were younger that I needed a break (even while working) from the parenting, and probably at those times, they needed a break from my parenting, too.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Marijean, your blog is thought-provoking and perfect for us working mothers. I’m tagging you with a Thinking Blogger Award: http://jenontheedge.blogspot.com/2007/06/wowza.html. Thanks for the regular inspiration!

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