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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.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Moments matter for busy moms

As a working mom, there are times when work and family collide and the end result is that you're either home with your child working or, in this case, your child is with you at the office.

When I must bring my son into the office, his incentive for watching mommy work is a trip to the vending machine, which is usually "off limits" to him. I give him one dollar which buys him exactly one item.  Today, he had his eyes on a pack of Twizzlers and proceeded to casually type in the 3-digit code and then press 'start'.
To his horrifying dismay, a pack of Beef Jerky emerged from the drawer below where his Twizzlers should have been.  He was exactly one number off.
The look on his face was priceless, and it took everything I had to quell the laughter brewing in my belly.  I took a breath and embraced this "teachable moment" by explaining to him the importance of being present and paying attention to details. Once he heard me out, he said "I understand that part, mom, but why on earth is there meat in the candy machine?"
{Insert dollar and press correct 3-digit code for Twizzlers}

What a great question! I let the laughter flow this time and the two of us cracked up about the absurdity of meat being right next to candy. We walked hand-in-hand back to my office, talking and laughing the entire way.  Although this isn't what anyone would call a picture perfect family memory, it is exactly what I crave more of as a mom - a perfect moment.  As busy moms with to-do lists a mile long, it's important to make even the most mundane and routine parts of our day with the ones we love count for something. What started out as a scheduling conundrum, turned out to be a moment I'll never forget.


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