By Kelsey Casselbury, Managing Editor 2015-07-22 15:30:55
Managing Magazines & Motherhood Throughout my life, I’ve held many titles: daughter, sister, friend, student, editor and wife, to name a few. Now, it’s been one year since gaining a new one: working parent. I gave birth to my first baby, Alexander, in April 2014. After several weeks of leave, I returned to work on a staggered schedule and was thrilled to receive a promotion from communications specialist to SN managing editor. I’m very thankful—in an era when working moms are often diminished or discriminated against, my employer not only accommodated my gradual return to the office, but valued my skills and commitment enough to offer me career advancement! The adjustment wasn’t easy. All of you current and past working parents know the juggling act that comes with balancing a full-time job and having a family—not to mention the goals of maintaining a social life, a clean-ish home (Ha!), a regular fitness routine and a little “me” time! But the start of the school year is the school nutrition professional’s version of New Year’s Day—a time to make self-improvement resolutions. Here are some of mine: Delegate! I’ve been pushing Editor Patty Fitzgerald to delegate more of her routine tasks to me to free up her valuable time, and I’m trying to do the same with other members of our team. At home, my husband and I split daycare drop-off/pick-up duties—this way, I can get in a pre-work gym trip, which is vital for my sanity! Let it go. (Cue the Frozen music…) Lest you think I’ve key to a perfect life, let me assure you that I get anxious, irritable and stressed much more than I’d like to admit. Fortunately, a good friend always reminds me to shake it off. Take a walk. When things get stressful, I head outside. SNA is lucky to have its headquarters in a beautiful setting on the Potomac River. Sitting on a bench in the sunshine and looking at the water always clears my mind and refreshes my soul. In the grand scheme of things, I’m still a novice when it comes to being a working parent—those of you who have been doing it for years probably have a bevy of tips for me, and I welcome your advice. (No, really! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.) After all, it takes a village, as the saying goes—I certainly couldn’t get through this hectic life without an incredibly supportive husband, an accommodating boss and a fabulous circle of family members, coworkers and friends to whom I can turn—not to mention that adorable little boy, who’s now 15 months old. Will you join that circle? With a little collaboration (and a few soul-restoring walks), maybe it is possible to have it all.
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