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 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.

Working Mother’s Day with dahliaphotography

Dahlia Khattar: Wife, Mother, and Photographer

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

Since I do not work full time, the challenges I face as a working mom are relatively few. That said, what most women relate to is the usual struggle in trying to successfully juggle responsibilities as a mother along with that of a professional career. My dedication to motherhood and my work ethic are both at a 100%, hence sometimes I feel that there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill all this. Moreover, we all have obligations towards our partners, our homes, and even ourselves.
. How do you maintain work and daily life as a mom?

I try to maintain an equilibrium by always reminding myself that while I may execute my work professionally and wholeheartedly, my family life should always remain my priority. Being organized and having time management skills are key. For instance, I try to work as much as I can while my kids are either in school, doing activities, or asleep. This way I am able to stay fully engaged with my family when we are together. On that note, family support is also very crucial and I am so grateful that my husband and parents always pitch in when I need the help. A balanced family structure is all about teamwork.

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

My advice for moms is to never give up on their dreams, because it is an incredible feeling to be able to achieve one’s goals; and most importantly, it sets a great example for your little ones. Your children are always looking up to you and learning from you, so one should always try to be the best role model possible. I believe that women in general are built very tough and are innately great at multitasking. As I said before, nothing is impossible when you have a good schedule in place. Also, never forget to save a piece of your day for yourself to unwind and relax. After all, you are the glue that binds everyone and everything together, so go easy on yourself and don’t feel guilty for taking some personal time. You need to be able to take care of yourself and be at your best, in order to take care of others.

Working Mother’s Day with maman_chocolat

Jihane: Marketing Manager and owns a home-bakery business

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

It is hard to manage the time between kids and work – this is my main challenge, to be able to do well, my job – at the same time be a full time mom and not missing any of the activities they have. Also I don’t have someone who can keep my kids so I often have to postpone meetings or skip them because one of them is sick or they don’t have school. This does affect my work as it is also challenging to make it up.

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

It is very hard to do the 3, but I feel it is a duty and a goal to succeed at work, as a mom, and as a women. So I try as much as possible to divide well my time and use every second of the day wisely. And because during the week I don’t see my kids a lot I give them all my time during the weekend and my only focus is them.

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

I read somewhere that kids who see their mom succeed in a career usually turn out to to be successful too. So it is my main motivation to be an example to my kids and also to make something for them – build their future. It is also good for a woman to work and be indepedent for herself and her self-esteem. So be the person you want to be even if it is hard or if you are tired and feel you won’t make it… At the end of the day the kids will be proud of you and will want to succeed like you.

This is when you will become a super women and a super mom.

Working Mother’s Day with petites_choses

Yasmine Idriss Tannir; originally a graphic designer, turned recipe developer, food stylist and baker.

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

Managing time is my biggest challenge. As I am blessed with 3 young kids, I sometimes struggle with time, days are too short! And with food, you can’t rush things neither.

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

I try to get as much support as possible from my husband, friends and our nanny. I also tend to work a lot after everyone goes to sleep. I feel as a mum, my role is to show my kids perseverance and hard work. I am lucky to be a freelancer, my schedule can be flexible as my main priority is my kids and family.

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

Since breastfeeding days, I always believed that a happy mum is the source of a happy family.

Time management, delegating some of our loads, and believing in ourselves is all we need to keep doing what we love. The kids will grow up, have their own lives… That’s when we will appreciate that we didn’t give up on our passions.

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Working Mother’s Day with Yasmina Audi

Yasmina Audi Haber: Strategic Marketing director and founder Super Mama Lebanon and The Sparks Factory

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

A working mother’s number 1 enemy is time. Running and trying to balance quality time with the family, and their needs and being able to run a successful business… 24 hours are sometimes not enough.

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

With time as our enemy time management is key. Prioritizing each task and needs, and knowing that your children are the priority so delegating work is key at times.

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

Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Be a role model for your children in pursuing your dream and in turn this will give you the confidence and peace of mind to be the best mom, wife and woman you actually are 💖 good luck super mamas 💖

A Mom’s Kinda Vacation 

“How did you spend the spring vacation?” is the first question people ask on your first day back to work. We usually travel and spend the vacation at my parent’s house or they come over to spend some time together.

Unfortunately, this spring break we could not meet, and I realized that in fact I did not have a break in the real sense of the word!
I mean how could I when I have five to keep entertained and busy for two complete weeks? To add on top of that I have different ages with somehow different interests.
As a result, I found myself juggling between play dates, meeting friends, and arranging activities for them. It was mostly fun and we have really enjoyed those moments, but I haven’t really had the ‘me time’ pause! Those few moments where I wished I could just recharge my batteries to keep going with the same zest and tranquilty.
I somehow took a break from physically going to school very early every morning. However, I had to pass a few nights preparing lesson plans and working on some corrections. Unlike other professions, a teacher brings piles and piles of schoolwork along. You do not just leave your office and forget about all those obligations. That is why as a working mom I had a semi interlude.
On the other hand, we all agree that being a mother is a 24/7 job with no vacations or real downtime unless the grandparents are around – which is exactly what I missed having this Spring.
During this short vacation, I found myself reminiscing over my young age when I had no worries or responsibilities. When I could drink my coffee and enjoy its warmth till the last drop. Or when I used to relish eating my food, savoring the taste of each and every bite. Not to mention sleeping until I got tired of being in bed!
At the same time, having my beloved children around me fills my heart and soul with life. They are my joy and pride. Despite the fatigue and exhaustion motherhood brings, I would not have imagined my days without them.  They are a blessing and I am lucky to be bestowed with such a bliss.
Like every other mother, I would wish to have a break and escape from my duties every once in a while. Nevertheless, once alone I would find myself thinking of them, feeling them, and longing to be with them again. Those never ending ironic notions every mom experiences where she has to balance her sanity and rejoice in being a mom as much as she can.
So how was my kind of vacation? Well it was filled with happy special moments, some arguments, laughter, a passing by sickness, lots of chores, silliness, game playing, partying with the kiddos, homework, and tons of action! Just to mention a few of any other day in a diary of a mom, and to that I am always and forever grateful!
So mommies how was your spring break? 
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