Parenting's Editor-in-Chief Replies to Sheryl Sandberg's Stand for Working Moms
April 17, 2012
by Ana Connery
Hey, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, here’s to you!
Thank you for telling the world you leave every day at 5:30. Had I known that was your plan, I would have met you on a rooftop—heck, a mountaintop—and shouted it right alongside you. As the editorial director for Parenting and its sister magazines, I am often confronted with a dilemma: Do I stay at work polishing content that helps modern moms balance work/family life, or do I leave the office when the Fred Flintstone whistle blows and actually practice what I preach?
When I became the editorial director of Parenting almost two years ago, I made a conscious decision to always opt for the latter. I am a single mom to a 6-year-old son. His dad lives in another state. The rest of his family lives in other cities. I am his one daily shot of family. If I am not there, what kind of example am I setting for him? Truth be told, what kind of example am I setting for my readers?
I actually like my job. I wouldn’t dream of not working. But when the end comes, my biggest source of pride will be my son, Javier, not the extra stories I edited. (No offense to you, my amazing 5 million readers, but I am sure you’d hate me if I became the kind of mom who rarely made it to karate, play dates and classroom parties.)
I am often asked how I do it all. Five magazine brands. An adorable son. One cute bungalow home. Two offices in separate states. Here’s my short and simple answer: I get up and do it. Every day, without fail. I give 1000% for eight hours at work each day, time vacations to my son’s spring break schedule, and I cut myself a lot of slack when I order in some nights. I’ve learned to work smarter at work and love with more gusto at home. If there’s a pizza box on the table and a squealing kid underneath it playing hide-and-go seek with me, I know I’m not just doing it all. I’ve done it.