Interview 16




MiMi: How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?

Patricia: I have 1 daughter Isabelle, she is 6 years old

MiMi: Do you feel the roles of women have changed in regards to work and family over the years?

Patricia: I think someone put it best when she said: She’s supposed to work like she doesn’t have a family, and parent like she doesn’t have a job. It’s a juggling act for sure. I think there is a shift and women are being told we’re supposed to make all those pieces fit together.

MiMi: What are some of the challenges you have faced as a working mom? How have you managed to cope?

Patricia: Time management and a lack of self care. When my to do list gets too long, the first thing to go is my self care, so I’ve started creating a stronger support system. I’ve hired a personal trainer who comes to my house, so I have no excuses about fitting in at least one good workout a week. In between sessions he gives me homework and checks in, so I can stay on track. I’ve also hired a virtual assistant for my business, so I can focus on income generating tasks; and I’ve hired a mother’s helper so I can have dedicated work time every week (otherwise my business would constantly be on pause during summer break). It’s not easy letting go of control, but i’m working on it. It’s all about setting priorities and making space for what really matters.

MiMi: When you find the time, what activities do you like to engage in as a family?

Patricia: Now that my daughter can read, I’m trying to do more with that. We’ve set a reading challenge for the summer. I’ve been meaning to make reading more of a priority for myself, so it will be a good opportunity for everyone to have some screen free time.

MiMi: What does mealtime look like for the household?

Patricia: I’ve been trying to make more healthy choices, luckily my daughter is pretty open to trying new things. We eat a lot of protein and vegetables. The only exception is, that the food I grew up with; in the Philippines has a lot of fat and carbohydrates, so we make room for that too.

MiMi: If you had 1 piece of advice to give a mother who finds it a challenge to balance career and family, what would it be?

Patricia: Make time for self care! It doesn’t have to be super expensive or take a long time, but it can make a huge difference. It’s easier to help other people when you aren’t constantly burned out. To make it easier on yourself, come up with a  list of quick and inexpensive ideas, so the next time you need a time out you can choose something from the list and make it happen.





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