Motherhood

I’m a Gen X mom.

I want a career, but I want to pick my kids up from school every day. Is this too much to ask?

Please scroll to the end of this post for links to some of my posts in the Motherhood category.

Lalaloopsy T Rex Dinosaur Tea Party

Motherhood is the greatest adventure of my life. I was blessed with my first child, Juliette, in 1997. I lost two babies in separate miscarriages before the birth of my son, Sullivan, who miraculously came along in 2005. Despite all odds, our family was completed in 2007 with the birth of my baby girl Bridgette.

My experience in motherhood is reflective of my generation, Generation X. I waited until I was older to have kids. After I graduated from college, all I could think about was paying down student loan debt. I was almost 30 when Juliette was born and almost 40 when Bridgette came along.

Work-Life Balance

Like every Gen X mom I know, I value work-life balance. I am willing to make almost any sacrifice to be able to maintain flexibility in my career — position, recognition, money. My kids mean everything to me.

Over the last six years I’ve worked as a quasi-independent PR practitioner. I earned my accreditation (APR) in 2006. I’ve done nonprofit management, lobbying, professional advocacy and digital strategies. I’ve leased four offices in downtown Oklahoma City, but I always end up back in my home office. In May 2014, with an eye toward 40-hour workload, I officially named my business Big Banyan PR and Advocacy Marketing.

Danger Zone

Work-life balance is challenging and working from home will make you crazy, but I don’t complain. I get to pick my kids up from school every day. I am home during the hours law enforcement refers to as the danger zone: 3-6 p.m.

It was not always this way. All of my kids went to daycare at 6 weeks of age. Dropping off my babies with strangers was very difficult and I missed out on a lot. So, these days I cherish it all. I love being awakened at 4 a.m. with a whisper, “Mommy, I need a drink of water.” I love talking about college choices with Juliette. My name is Jennifer. I’m a Gen X Mom and I love it all.

Halloween

Mud Pies

American Girl Store

Lalaloopsy Birthday

How To Give In

Wild Kratts Birthday

I Like To Watch You Play

I Hate You Vera Bradley

Sweet 16

Autumn in Heritage Hills

Lalaloopsy vs The Dinosaurs

Leaf Pile

Are You There God? It’s Me Boy

Little Sister

Tears of Grace

Every Day Is The Same

Easter Weekend

Woman President

Cat Face For Mother’s Day

Pets In A Jar

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Jennifer:

    I’m not one to write bloggers very often, but I was compelled to write you after reading your wonderful post about latch key kids of the 1970s. I was born in 1969 and grew up in California. Your story is incredibly similar to mine. I’m a content marketing writer and a mom of two boys.

    I’m starting to figure out after 45 years that all that time by myself when I was a kid watching reruns of The Brady Bunch has actually affected my life. Not only can I recite the entire script of the Hawaii episode (including Vincent Price’s lines), I’m a great cook (I made dinner every night for my single mother) and have an irrational fear of losing my keys.

    My blog is TheEntrepreneurialmom.com. I would love to chat with you about collaborating on something. I think we have an interesting generational story that I don’t believe has been really told effectively yet. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Thanks,

    Julie

    • says

      Hi Julie,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I’d love to talk about collaborating. That line about having the script of the Hawaii episode memorized what so funny. I cooked dinner every night throughout my entire high school career. I made a lot of chicken fried steak and bacon and eggs. Ha!

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