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.
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.
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.
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.