As I’ve told you before, I belong to a family of confident women. Women who manage to balance work, family, and a fierce sense of what’s important to them as people. These women inspire me. Sometimes with ideas on how to raise my children…sometimes with inspiration to stay true to MYSELF and still manage to be a good Mom.
My cousin Nicole is one of the strongest women I know. She exudes happiness, and confidence. Nicole is cool…seriously, seriously cool. She’s got a job leading one of the world’s largest tech startup engines (and I might have messed that up since I’m not cool enough to 100% understand her job), but still manages to be there for her kids…to foster a new generation of awesomeness.
Any working mom knows how important our husbands can be as partners in raising the children. Lance, for instance, gets our kids up every morning, and often does double duty when I have to work the night shift. Nicole’s got a wonderfully supportive husband named Mark. He’s a huge part of how she balances a super high powered job AND motherhood. I love asking Nicole how she does this…why she does that with her little ones, and at work. Now I share her insight with you!
How many kids do you have?
Aleka (3.5) and Jackson (21 months)
What is your job?
Managing director at Techstars
Do you hover — or let your kids be?
Don’t hover! You can’t protect your kids from everything in this world. All you can do is teach them how to protect themselves. Let them be and pick them up when they fall.
How would you define yourself as a mom?
F(*#&% busy. S^&#. Maybe that should be trash-mouth mommy. Working supermom? Uh, a-typical mom? Mom with hundreds of kids (if you count all my Techstars companies)
What do you want for your children?
What I want for them – happiness, love, experiences, and success.
How do you balance motherhood and a high powered job?
I think balance is a complete farce. If you’re working and have kids, there’s no such thing. Something is ALWAYS out of whack. For me, exercise helps ensure I can tolerate the insanity. When I don’t exercise, I suck to be around and I get less done and have lower tolerance for everything.
What is your biggest Mommy tip?
Be 100% consistent. Allow them to make their own decisions (and fail), make sure they experience the consequences of their decisions, but be empathetic when the decisions weren’t smart ones.