HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? Atlanta, Georgia
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Two
DAY JOB Founder and President of BLAMtastic, LLC
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK? Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It was always a calming way to end the day together before bed.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
Well, in our house we compare parenting to tag team wrestling.
With two businesses to run (one involving travel), it’s a toss up as to who goes into the parenting ring at a given time. But it’s nice to know that your spouse is there and ready for the tag when you must take a break, hit the road for work or take a meeting at the office. And with this method one of us is always there for the kids. Plus we each get our turn to be B.P.O.C. (big parent on campus).
It wasn’t always easy to juggle but we never had to have a sitter or a nanny.
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
Parenting definitely defines you as an individual. You find out very early on as a parent what you’re made of and what your priorities are. Of course, to some degree you lose yourself for a while when your kids are growing and dependent on you. But for me it has been worth every sacrifice as I see them developing their own individuality apart from their father and me. They have grown into truly kind people and I am proud to have played a part in that.
HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
Of course, so many parents fall into allowing their lives to become all about the kids. We were no different. But I think parenting made us better and less selfish people. You can’t possibly be a decent parent and be selfish at the same time. It forces you to think outside of yourself. For most of us this is a very good thing.
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
Hmmm, there are so many it’s hard to choose just one. Since we have a family business that was started by the kids we often travel to trade shows and promotional events together. Lily had begged to take off time from school to go with me to a New York show. She’s a straight A student so I thought she would be fine. We were on the road for a week. Lily and I both got sick that week from being understaffed, overwhelmed and working 12 hour days. That poor kid took 3 weeks to recover when we got back. I learned from that experience that these girls may be entrepreneurs, but they are kids first. So, I learned to manage their involvement in the business much more carefully after that.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
It’s usually those moments when the girls are making confident and independent choices. Thought it has been a hard, long, humbling journey helping them to grow their business, I am proud of how far we have come. And I can see so many ways in which this experience has helped them grow into confident and capable young women.