What kind of parent are you?
I am a to-the-point, strong, fun parent. I mean what I
say, I say what I mean. ... There's boundaries, there's fun and
there's a plan. We stick to the plan. They feel very safe and
secure with this type of parenting.
What is the most unorganized part of your own
The top right drawer in our desk. There are six of us who
use the desk/computer area. It starts out all tidy, but with kids
coming in and out, my husband and my nanny, eventually we're going
to throw everything back in the drawer. That really bothers me, but
I let it go. I know it truly doesn't matter. I do kind of chuckle
when I open up the drawer.
What is the biggest issue new moms tell you they
Finding themselves and finding who they are in their new
role. Am I my old working self or am I giving up the work thing
because now I'm a stay-at-home mom or am I going to do both? And if
I am going to do both, how am I going to do both without losing my
mind and losing myself? In our culture, there's so much put on us
as mom to do it all. The moms on TV are doing it all, they are
happy, shiny, glorified, but that's not the reality. The true mom,
who is in the trenches, is struggling to figure it out. My job is
to help them look at what makes them happy.
The worst thing about being a
Patience. It's nonstop. You just have to find your best
tool on how to have it 24/7.
The best thing about being a
The hugs and the love and the smiles and surprise
affection. When I know they are at a such a peaceful place in
themselves, in the home and with the family.
Best three pieces of advice that you've ever
Have fun, keep calm and keep yourself together.
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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