It’s Friday and that means we’re back with another TRAIN MOM CHAT; our new series that spotlights busy moms and gives them a platform to share their thoughts and tips on “mommy-hood”, plus some of their favorite #MomMoments.
This time around, Rosanne L. Kurstedt, mom of two boys, ages 15 & 12, educator, and the author of a great book that celebrates the relationship between a working mom and her child called: “And I Thought About You“. Check out Rosanne’s website at: http://www.rlkurstedt.com/RLK/Home.html to learn more about this busy mom, AND be sure to come back to 2 Moms on A Train next week for your chance to win a copy of Rosanne’s book.
- What is the best/worst thing about being a working mom? The best part about being a working a mom is showing (not telling) my kids the benefits of taking risks, following your dreams, and perseverance.
- What’s your commute to/from work look like? What do you love/hate the most about it? Well I mostly work from home, but when I do need to commute it’s on the train or bus. I love that I can catch up on reading, take a little nap, or just sit and think. However, I hate that I’m bound by the schedule. I always feel like I’m going to miss my train or bus.
- With 2 kids, a writing career, and other tasks at hand, what is your secret to making it work? Do you have any tips you can share with other working moms? I certainly don’t have a secret but I do find that being organized helps. But more importantly I try to be completely present when I’m with my kids. It’s difficult, but when I actually am successful at doing that, our time together is much more rewarding for me, and I’m sure for them as well. In addition, when I do get back to work, I feel I’m better able to focus.
- As a working mom, what is your favorite thing to do with your kids when you are NOT working? I actually enjoy when they accompany me on errands. But, my favorite thing to do with my kids is to play cards or board games. My husband and I recently taught them how to play Hearts – so that is the game of choice for the moment. What a thrill to see one of them try to Shoot the Moon.
- Share with us just one #MomMoment — that amazing moment of clarity where you realize that since becoming a mom, life is SO much more than you. My boys (15 and 12) said they were going to walk into town because they both had nothing to do. That alone could have been a #MomMoment. My older son agreeing to go into town with his younger brother and that they didn’t ask me to drive them. Wow! But that wasn’t it. You see they didn’t walk into town because they had nothing to do —they walked into town because they had something to do. They bought me a birthday present—a beautiful, sparkly, rose necklace. Whenever I put it on, I feel such warmth, joy, and, I think, a bit of pride.
Look for more TRAIN MOM CHATS in the weeks to come! AND if you know a working mom who deserves a little time in the spotlight, WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT HER! Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org — Tweet us @trainmoms — or leave a comment below.