AMY ABRAMS How does she do it: a true partnership and a spouse that cooks.

Two kids, two businesses and a spouse that cooks!

AGE   38

HOMETOWN(S)   I’m from Chicago, but I now live in Brooklyn

@TWITTER   @amyabrams88

ON THE WEB   InGoodCompany.com

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   I have 2 daughters; Ruby is 5 and Noa is 3

FAVORITE CHILD   if applicable* (we’re joking*) HA!

DAY JOB   I am an entrepreneur, speaker, and co-author, along with Adelaide Lancaster, of The Big Enough Company: Creating a business that works for you (Portfolio/Penguin, release date September 15, 2011). I am the co-founder of In Good Company, a first-of-its-kind community, learning center and co-working space for women entrepreneurs in New York City. I am also the co-founder of Artists & Fleas, a marketplace for emerging designers and vintage collectors in Brooklyn.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

My husband and I have a wonderful partnership. Since the day my kids were born, I have always felt that he was just as capable as I was in handling almost any parental responsibility. I feel like we split our childcare responsibilities 50/50. Did I mention that my husband does the cooking? That helps a lot. Since my husband and I have a business together, it has really become a family business. I think we try to be present when we are with our kids and focus on work when we are at work—but having an iPhone can sometimes make that challenging.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

From the minute I first looked into my first daughters eyes, I realized how much my parents loved me.

HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

We go on a vacation together alone every year. It is our opportunity to have a lot of fun together, have a lot of sex together and fall in love again.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?

I think that my strength is that I expose my kids to all aspects of myself. They see that I have a professional identity, that I am a spouse, that I have meaningful friendships and that I have lots of interests. My weakness is that sometimes I lose my patience with my kids when I am under pressure and it has nothing to do with them. Oh – and I can also focus on the mess in my house instead of just leaving it for the time being. One more – I hate the playground. I find it so boring!

WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?

My husband is really playful, adventurous and fun. He will take the girls anywhere (including the playground).

WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

We had a full time babysitter for five years whom we loved. She recently moved back home. We are currently trying to figure out what type of child-care we need. When we go on vacation one of our mothers comes to stay with the girls.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

When I am hungry, tired and stressed. And when my kids are hungry, tired and cranky. It’s just a recipe for disaster. I have no patience—and that’s a moment when I really need a lot of patience.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

My best parenting moments are the little, daily moments. When I come home from work and my kids run to the door to greet me. When I put my kids to bed and they ask me to stay and cuddle for another minute. Those are the moments that I think to myself – this is amazing.

Lisa D

Lisa Duggan is the founder of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *