#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent. The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.
Lauren Weber is the gal behind Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood, which highlights local fun for families.
Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please share what makes you shine)
First, I love meeting new people, experiencing new things and writing. This lead me to obtaining a degree in public relations from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). After working at an agency for 5 years, I switched gears to focus on my growing family.
These days, I am lucky to work part-time from home for an amazing mom-friendly company called Hay There Social Media. I also write a personal blog, Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood, which highlights local fun for families.
I have been married to my love, Jason, for six years, and have three children -- almost 4-year-old girl, 2-year-old girl, and a newborn son. Every day is an adventure!
What is a normal day in your home like?
I work from home, so I am constantly juggling with whatever the day has in store, whether it’s posting to Facebook or Twitter for a client, or drafting a blog post for work or for my own blog. Most of the time, our mornings consist of an outing and the afternoon involves naps and independent activities so I can work. I try to start each morning with an open mind because things don’t always work out as I plan – moody kids or a rough night of sleep can alter our day significantly.
But one thing is consistent – I almost always wake-up before the kids so I can take a shower and have a cup of coffee while it’s still hot.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
I just adore watching my kids learn and re-living my own childhood through them. It’s astonishing to see the wonder in their eyes with each new thing they discover – a daddy longlegs spinning a web, a hot air balloon flying in the sky or trying a s’more for the first time. Kids just make us appreciate the little things in life.
Discipline! I am laid back person and a people pleaser, so I find that comes across with my kids. I’m slowly getting the hang of it.
How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?
I am very lucky to have a supportive network of people who help me, especially my husband who understands when I need to bow out of parental duties to spend some time alone or do a few minutes of catch up with work. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, they aren't joking. I am blessed with an amazing village.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned since becoming a Mom?
Every age and stage has its roses and thorns. Try to see the good and focus on that versus always seeing the negative. When I start blaming things on the terrible twos or am sassed by my threenager, I always sing that Darius Rucker song, “It won’t be like this for long.” It’s so true – it all flies by!
|Photo Credit: Deanna Spivey Photography|
What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?
A nurse once told me to sneak in and look at your children while they are asleep each night. Even if you had a frustrating parenting day, it all melts away when you see your babies asleep.
It’s SO true! No matter how hard of a day I had, the moment I see their peaceful little faces dreaming away, I’m reminded I must be doing something right.
What advice would you give to other moms?
Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you need to lose sight of yourself. Make time to go out with girlfriends, have date nights with your spouse, and volunteer to help others. It’s so important for your children to not only see you as a mom, but also as a great friend, spouse, and person overall.
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Thank you Lauren for taking the time to answer our questions:) Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series? Email me their contact info at email@example.com