It's working for Jeanmarie L.
New York, NY
"Trust in what you can do and work to be able to do what you love. "
Trust in what you can do and work to be able to do what you love.
I formerly worked at the Food Network, when it was a startup. It consumed all of my time. I decided to leave for 3 reasons: 1. We were moving to Dutchess County and the commute was over 2 hours and 2. I was planning on having another child, and I wanted to spend more time with my son while he was still a toddler and 3. I wanted to focus on working part time and concentrate more on my singing.
I told my employer a few weeks before I was leaving.
I didn’t go back to the same workplace after having a baby, nor did I bring my daughter to many places that I was singing after she was born. If I did bring her, I was able to have privacy if I needed it.
This wasn’t so much leave as it was transitioning.
We had quite a struggle finding babysitters. The services available to moms living in Dutchess County were few and far between. It was really catch as catch can!
Right away. It was so refreshing to get away from an every day grind. I loved being at home with my son.
Child care, to be honest. I had a very hard time juggling things. Sometimes when I’d be singing in the city, I’d have to drive down with both children to meet my husband, who would then drive them home while I’d stay in the city to sing, then I’d take the train home. We learned a lot of songs in the car, and listened to a lot of books on cd!
My husband really supported me. He did that drive hundreds of times. It wasn’t easy on him. My pregnancy indulgence was peanut butter.
I never expected that finding child care would be so hard, and that working would be so much easier!
As a working parent, a bad day is when I come home to the kids arguing and asking me for a million things, no matter what time I arrive home, and a good day is when the kids have looked after themselves with no fighting, and no throwing things, and they’ve done their chores! It rarely happens.