It's working for Beth Feldman
So with a flexible schedule and two young kids in tow, I managed to get promoted to vice president.
Don’t try to prove that you can still move mountains at work when you are nine months pregnant. You may think you’re fine and can handle anything, but when you are in your third trimester, you need to take it easy on the work front or else go into early labor. During my ninth month, I went into labor three weeks early after juggling a major magazine photo shoot for the King of Queens, arranging for the cast of CSI to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and spearheading a season finale media event for “The Amazing Race.” While I made it to that photo shoot, I went into labor three days later and watched the rest of the interviews I had arranged from my hospital bed!
We found childcare through parent recommendations. It was also easier for me since I was home a few days a week and I was able to bond with the sitter and make sure my children were comfortable with them when we were at work.
I think the new normal set in for me when we had our son and sleep as I knew it went out the window. I remember when he was an infant and my daughter was three years old that I hardly ever slept. I think I was a zombie at that point and finally began sleeping again when my son turned three and my daughter was six.
My biggest challenge was that my job was not a traditional 9 to 5 position. As an entertainment publicist, I sometimes had to be on the set of a show at 7am and the days could be incredibly long. I had to make sure that whoever I hired for child care could arrive super early and sometimes stay late too. After a few years of trying to maintain this crazy schedule, I finally got the courage to ask my boss to consider a different type of position for me. I actually pitched him on a plan where I would handle PR for several divisions of the company and he went for it. So with a flexible schedule and two young kids in tow, I managed to get promoted to vice president. I was determined to still achieve success on the job no matter how demanding motherhood was.
My husband was incredibly supportive as were my parents. I am very fortunate to have been raised by a mom and dad who believed I could accomplish anything in my life and with their support, I have achieved so much. And thanks to my husband, I was encouraged to take a chance, leave that big job behind and start my own business. Now, almost 10 years later, I’m still here, watching classic movies with my 13 year old son and touring colleges with my daughter. Time sure flies, but I have enjoyed every moment of this adventure.
As a working parent, I never expected parenting would be so hard and work would be so much easier!