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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Working Motherhood

Nearly four years ago my friend and colleague Betsy and I were having lunch (or was it coffee?) on Broadway in Saratoga talking about starting a blog for working moms like ourselves. Why? Because inevitably we'd start out day sharing drop off stories or post weekend stories of the never-ending struggle (or, was that joy?) of balancing a career in media with having a family. Whether it was forgetting something at home and having to go back to get it and still make it to the early morning meeting on time or having to rush out mid-day to replenish diapers or extra clothes or mittens or a permission slip, Betsy and I could not quite escape - not that we wanted to - the dance called 'working motherhood'. We figured that if we needed to talk about all this stuff, maybe other working moms did too.

I always say that if I ever meet the woman who coined the phrase "you can have it all" I'll slap her. Or, at least imagine slapping her. Seriously, each and every day you come up short somewhere. It's not possible to give 100% to two different priorities. On the mom side or on the work side, we never get it perfect. Did I mention we're both 'type 'A' controlling perfectionist over- achievers' who try really hard to get it right every day even though we're smart enough to know that's not possible? Does that explain the drive and then dissatisfaction when we have to leave work earlier than we should or come in on the weekends when we really want to be hiking or swimming with the kids?

Betsy and I both love our jobs and our kids (I only have one). Oh, and we have husbands. Yes, wonderful supportive husbands. Seriously, how on earth could we do it otherwise? And, our bosses are pretty great, too.

This is the beginning of the two of us "Media Moms" sharing our working mom moments with our coworkers, friends, other parents, our community and you. We hope it's worth the read.

And, don't give us a hard time about the blog taking four years to start. We're working moms, after all.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Keeler Motor Car Company said...

Congratulations Lauren and Betsy! Best of luck on your newest endeavor! Do you ever sleep?

March 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM 
Blogger Media Mom Betsy said...

It doesn't seem like there's much time to rest; that's for sure! Thanks for the support. We look forward to interacting with readers on this new blog!

April 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM 

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