NAME: PAULETTE PARKER
JOB TITLE: PUBLIC RADIO REPORTER AND PRODUCER
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: READING/WRITING/CRAFTING/WATCHING NETFLIX
SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND KIDS
MiMi: How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
Paulette: I have 2 daughters. Kayleigh is 6, and Jordan is 10.
MiMi: What are some of the struggles you face as a working mom? How have you been able to cope with these challenges?
Paulette: Time management is definitely one of my biggest struggles. Most nights when I get home from work, I have about a 2 hour window to get my girls fed, bathed and in bed. If you add things like homework and trying to spend quality time with them, it seems impossible some days. What helps me most is doing as much as I can ahead of time and not procrastinating. For example: my crock pot is a godsend because dinner can cook while I’m at work. I also try to jump right into my evening tasks. I know if I sit down and get comfortable, it’s probably going to take forever to get up.
MiMi: Do you feel the roles of women have changed over the years in regards to working outside the home? How so?
Paulette: I think the roles have changed, because women working outside the home has become more necessary. Gone are the days when families could live comfortably off of one income. I’m a single mom, but I think this is even true for households with 2 parents. I think women staying home has become more the exception than the norm.
MiMi: What activities do you like to engage in with your family when you find the time?
Paulette: My kids and I love to watch movies together. They are also big on crafts like me, so they enjoy things like painting and drawing together. In the summer we really try to get out of the house, whether it be somewhere away form home, or even as simple as outside in the neighborhood.
MiMi: If you could offer just 1 piece of advice to a mother who finds it difficult to work outside the home and take care of family what would it be?
Paulette: Don’t be so hard on yourself. There are nights when my kids don’t get to bed on time, or even when dinner comes out of the microwave…and that’s okay. I think society gives many people the perception that you should be able to do it all…and do it gracefully, but moms are human. As long as you’re doing the best you can for your family, you’re doing amazing!
MiMi: Thankyou so much Paulette, for being a part of my Working Moms Series.
Paulette: Thank you. I just want to say to other working moms who may be struggling with guilt…not to feel guilty for doing what you have to do to make sure your children are taken care of. They see you. They are learning from you, and they will appreciate you and your hard work and sacrifice!