Working Mother’s Day with Chirine Ajouz

Chirine Ajouz Kabbara: Managing Partner at Est. F. Kabbara (kitchen and wardrobe supply company)


. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Just like any mother out there, I face the usual daily challenges that come with raising children in addition to the challenges that come with your outside job. The biggest challenges have been to find the right balance to make both worlds work in harmony. And in all honesty, the toughest challenge is finding time for yourself. But I have learnt that regardless of what’s going on, a mother needs time on her own to be able to give back to her family and work.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

My family is always my number one priority. I am lucky that I work for myself so it’s easier managing my home and work. I plan my work day and meetings in accordance to what I have going on at home. For example, I try not to take meetings after 3:00 in the afternoon during the school year as I choose to be at home with my children at that time. But that doesn’t always work out. My kids have learnt to rely on themselves more since a lot of the time I have to be out working. Basically you become a master at planning and juggling.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

For the first 3 years I had children. I was a stay at home mom and it was wonderful, but as my boys grew older and didn’t need me as much I felt I needed to go back to work. It was tough at first but my boys were so supportive. They started appreciating me more and they actually became more independent. It also helped me realize that it’s not the quantity of time we spend with our kids that matters but rather the quality. Going back to work has helped me fulfill myself as a woman. I am not just a mother at the end of the day, I am a woman, a person that needs fulfillment and self-actualization on all levels. It’s tougher out there for mothers because we are expected to balance it all and do great at it all. We do end up working on a somewhat even equilibrium between home and work but most of the days it’s not perfect and that’s OK. So yes I encourage every woman and mother especially to go after what she wants. It’s not going to be pretty all the time, but you can have both worlds.

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Working Mother’s Day with dxbmommysjourney

Nilufar (dxbmommysjourney): Admin/HR executive and I blog/vlog as a hobby
. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

I forget my meal times and don’t get enough sleep, but I am happy with the first challenge though 🙂
. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

I do follow my strict plan and try my best to stick to it. Every minute plays a role for me, that’s why great time management and schedule are important. Weekdays are for work (for me) and education (for my son). Weekends are for partying around, not the actual party, but we have a rule of taking the most of the weekend to make up for the week. I do my house chores after 8 p.m. when my son is asleep, daily, in portions.
. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

Honestly, children are not meant to stop us, they are here to learn from us. As much they see hard working and dedicated parents that much they learn to set their own goals and dreams. I believe being a working mom is part of nurturing the child too. My mom was a working mom and I’ve seen her climbing the career ladder from being the teacher of the school and reaching the school director position, that gave me the belief of how strong and dedicated can one woman be, this is also a base for my independent and persuasive character. I always tell that my parents are the reason of my achievements, as a daughter I understand that my mom has nurtured my dedication and I thank her forever. Life is tough, we never know where we might end up, we need to be ready for all, if I wasn’t a working mom I would never survive after all I went through. That’s why we should never drop our dreams in favor of “raising children” because setting an example of achieving our own goals is part of nurturing our children. After all, time flies and kids end up being busy at schools with their own tough schedule of activities and friends living their own life.

Working Mother’s Day with Mamas Garden

Rouba Dbouk Sleiman: Managing Director and owner of plant-based, healthy alternative food and medicinal products, Mammas Garden.

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

The biggest challenge any working woman would face is the “mommy guilt” feeling, managing your working hours and taking into consideration your kids wants and needs at the same time without one affecting the other. Especially at start-up time, things get easier once the business starts to pick up.

To work with the “mommy guilt” feeling, I started to train and involve my children in as many activities as I can. So instead of separating my work from my home, knowing that I believe in what I’m establishing, I decided to make it a family activity. My first market ever, I had my children give me ideas for wrapping and presentation of the products. The beautiful surprise was to see my children talking about a healthy lifestyle during and after the markets. In short, turn your most feared element into your biggest asset.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

At the beginning it was hard to manage both, but once your kids are bought into the benefit of your dream, everything will flow because you live who you are and they start to live the life you dream for them at a young age! How could this not bring happiness to any mum? … its symbiotic!

One thing you definitely need is your partner’s support, assistance at home, and the power and the will to manage it all.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

Sacrifice is what we do best as mothers….make it worthwhile by sacrificing for the right things. Raising a family has never been an issue in a woman’s career if you know how to manage and make your family buy in to your dreams… they are your first customers.

With love from a happy working mother,

Rouba (@Mammasgarden).

Working Mother’s Day with Rania Merchak

Rania Merchak Andraos: Managing Director at TransPremium. Sworn Translator and Interpreter

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Juggling between being a full time freelancer and a mom to 2 super energetic boys isn’t always easy. It is challenging to commit to spending hours at my desk while at the same time giving my children full attention. It is also difficult sometimes when I have urgent projects to deliver and I have to finish my work before they come back from daycare/school, so I find myself overworked often times. One more thing that is challenging is when I get remote interpretation assignments and I have to travel and spend several days away from home.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

Thank God I Freelance! Being a freelancer means I have flexible working hours as well as the liberty and ability to work from the comfort of my own home. This means I spend every single second of the day with my children. So no matter how hectic my schedule gets, I still manage because at least I don’t have to spend several hours a day stuck at traffic! Haha.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

The road to success is not easy. It will get harder as your children grow older. It is inevitably challenging, but the rewards are oh-so-many. Self-fulfillment is the best thing ever. Never stop dreaming, and never stop chasing your dreams! Be a role model for your children. Do it for you. Do it for them. Count your blessings, stay positive and always look at the glass half full!

Working Mother’s Day with working_mother_of_ 2

Haneen A Khzam: Senior Project Assistant & Small Business Owner

.What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Challenges are everywhere. You can’t be a working mom without challenges and everything else you hear is not true. The biggest challenge you’ll face is balancing your life as a mom/wife and as a business woman (no matter what business you’re in). Finding the time to do all is difficult and you’ll never say again “yes, that would be a convenient time” as you’re always tied up.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

What I try to do is achieve quality time with my family rather than quantity time (not that I have the quantity option though 🙂 ). Whenever I’m at home, I’m totally at home trying to use every single minute with my kids: playing, watching things they like, having picnics in the kitchen together, even when I need to cook for next day or bake them some brownies or cupcakes, they’ll be around helping. Also when I have deliveries for my small business, I take them along to try and squeeze every minute I can with them.
And then when I’m at work, I’m totally at work, doing what I’m good at and delivering my best.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

I can’t promise it’s easy! It’s going to be tough! You will have the mommy guilt forever! And you’ll always go to bed tired! But it’s all worth it.
If you’re able to manage a household and kids on your own, you’ll be able to manage a career/dream as well.
When you’re a working mom, you’re doing your kids a great favor.
You’re pursuing a role model to your little girl, that she can have it all in her future, she is strong and she can follow and achieve her dreams. That she is capable and unstoppable!
You are also being a role model to your son. You’re showing him that it’s okay for a woman to have it all. It’s okay for a woman to build a career/business and still manage her family. You’re showing him how strong women are! You’re making his future life with his wife and daughter smoother.
Not to mention, you’re doing it for them, to grant them a better life, education and peace of mind.
And guess what, they are both proud of you and look up to you. And no matter how many sad looks you get every morning you leave the house, they still love you to bits.

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Working Mother of 2

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Working Mother’s Day with Mumzynotebook

Khushboo Sanjania (and mother to a 2 year old known as ‘Azmu’ on the blog): Parenting Blogger in the UAE
. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?
The first challenge I see is that not many people see blogging as a job or a career pathway. However, I can assure you, with the requirement to professionally write about topics within one’s niche, maintain a website and other social media accounts, collaborating with various people and dedicate hours of your day and family life, it is very much as real job. The other challenge I face is allocating work hours to do my job. As I am working from home with a young daughter who is still fully dependent on me, it becomes very difficult to allocate fixed hours in a day to blog or research about upcoming blogs. On various occasions I find myself having to move away from my laptop to attend my daughter, which breaks my flow of work.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

As a Mom I want to be 100% present for my daughter when she is around me. So I try and work on my blog when she takes her afternoon naps or she is happily busy with her dad and/or other members of the family. I also rely hugely on my phone to quickly reply to emails and correspond on social media, but only when I am sure I am not neglecting my daughter.
. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?
I would tell mothers out there who want to pursue their dream to not give up. It always seems impossible until it’s done. There may be sacrifices to be made and success may not come to you instantly, but do not give up. Also, find a support system who would be willing to help you out with motherhood and household duties, because knowing your child is being taken care of means you will be more likely to deliver better at your work.
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Working Mother’s Day with Mamazou85

Jenny Raymond: Founder of Mamazou – a non-judgmental social space for parents offering access to forums, blogs, discount codes, shop and much more.

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

I’d say that the biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is mum guilt. It shows up day and night and has been an experience that I haven’t been able to shake off since day one. Time is also another huge challenge – whilst being a full time mother, I also need to balance being a wife, growing Mamazou and working my other day job.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

Balance is key. It’s something that I’m still a long way from perfecting, but it’s so important to plan my time accordingly. I’m fortunate enough to work from home and be a full time mother when my daughter is around, but it can also be quite difficult to switch off. I make sure I go for a walk every day as well as spin at least twice a week so that I can clear my head.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

If you dream it, you can do it. Yes, it’s hard work and exhausting but it will be worth it in the end. I’m a huge believer that doubt and fear block us from achieving what we want to… my advice would be to take that leap. Don’t be scared. If I can do it, so can you.