6 CEO Moms Share Insights and Advice on Motherhood

6 CEO Moms Share Insights and Advice on Motherhood

Being a mom and having a successful career can be hard, but not impossible. Read what these successful CEO moms have to say about the ever elusive balance between motherhood and work
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This month is all about superwomen, aka, mothers: Working moms, stay at home moms, new moms and everything in between. Inspiring Egyptians provided us with insight on what it means to be a mom from these well-known Egyptian mothers. Here’s what they had to say about making moves, balancing work and family and the sometimes hilariously awkward situations their little bundles of joy put them in.

Yasmine Yeya
Founder of  Maison Yeya, and the mother of five and an half year old twins, Mia and Ella.

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1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
You have to shift between the left and right part of your brain in a split second.

2. Tell us about the habit that keeps you successful in balancing between your work and family?
My strict working hours, and time management.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?
One day I had to take my girl with me to work, and she saw me putting on a wedding gown on a bride. She said it’s a yucky dress, and that the bride is fat.

4. What do you do every day when you wake up?
Coffee, religious rituals, and then I prepare my kids for school.

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard time striking a balance between their work and family?
You can’t be the international designer with shops everywhere in the world and a perfect mom, it’s either you’re doing an average job at both, or excel at one and be fail miserably in the other. It’s OK to be a working mom, you must accept that you can’t be perfect in both, so take it easy.

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?
If you stay with the kids for too long, it makes you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything and your analytical skills and intelligence suffer. When you’re only working you feel like you lose the sweetness in life. I think the balance is really nice, as it gives you a different perspective on life. Now I’m much more exposed and I have more value to give to my kids. And if you feel like you are a smarter mom, also it’s more beneficial for the kids.

Amy Mowafi
Founder of  MO4 Network, and mother of Maya and Momo who are turning 4 and 2.

Amy Mowafi

1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
The sense of guilt you feel that you’re not spending enough time with your kids. And the sacrifices you make.

2. Tell us about the habit that helps you strike a successful balance between your work and family?
My secret weapon is my mother. She helps me a lot in taking care of my kids, and I can always depend on her.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?
Sometimes I would be having a conversation on the phone with the CEO of a big global brand, and I am writing an email at the same time, and they would have no idea that at the same time I am feeding my kid. They would never imagine the scenario.

4. What do you do every day when you wake up?
I change my kids’ clothes and feed them breakfast, while answering WhatsApp messages and calls.

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard time reaching a balance between their work and family?
You have to come to the understanding that while it may be possible to have it all, it is certainly not possible to do it all at the same time. You just need to do what needs to be done at that moment. If at that moment your kid is sick and you need to take him to the doctor, so that’s what you need to deal with now. In the next moment there is an emergency at work, then that’s what you need to deal with. Once you come to the realization that you can only handle what’s on your plate at the moment and not feel guilty about all the other things that are being done, it becomes much more feasible.

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?
For me, even if the kids don’t appreciate it now, what I hope is-especially for my daughter-that one day she will understand that there are no limits to what she can achieve, and that she can be and do everything that she wants, including motherhood, family, and following her passion.

Yasmine Medhat
Founder of Bazarna Events and mother of Yusuf (7), Ahmed (4) and Hana (2.5).

Yasmine Medhat

1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
When your work conflicts with a very important event for the kids and you can’t attend.

2. Tell us about the habit that helps you strike a successful balance between your work and family?Waking up early so I have enough time to coordinate my work with my family duties.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?
There was a time in an event where I had to take my daughter with me because she didn’t want to leave. I had to cope with dealing with serious problems at the event while having her with me.

4. What do you do every day when you wake up?
I pray, wake my kids up, and then I have my breakfast and go for my workout.

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard time striking a balance between their work and family?
Go for part-time jobs instead of full-time jobs, in order to be able to have more breaks.

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?
When my kids praise me because they are proud of what I am doing.

Amina Khalil
Founder of  ‘Amina K’ and the mother of one year old Ali.

Amina Khalil

 

1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
Just balancing it all, giving your kid enough attention, and at the same time maintaining a good attitude in your work, as being a mom is not an excuse to not work.

2. Tell us about the habit that helps you strike a successful balance between your work and family?
When I’m with my son, I try as much as I can to switch off work so he gets quality time. When it comes to work I leave him with someone I trust. So I give each thing the attention it deserves.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?
On my Spring/Summer ’16 shoot I had to take him with me, and it looked very funny having my son in the back doing his baby things while there is a very high-end fashion shoot taking place.

4. What do you do every day when you wake up?
I wake up with my son, change him, feed them, then I make my coffee and get ready.

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard time striking a balance between their work and family?
That all moms have a hard time achieving that balance, and that they’re not alone. Maybe some moms fake it better than others, but the fact is that it’s something every mom is always struggling with.

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?
It really helps you prioritize what’s important and you realize that no matter what goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world. Also, no matter how difficult things were at work, I come back and he brings me joy, so I’ll just be happy.

Norshek Fawzy
Co-founder and CEO of  Jumpsuite. Mother of Tala (4.5) and Taj (3.5).

Norshek

1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?
Missing out on kids and work.

2. Tell us about the habit that helps you strike a successful balance between your work and family?
Being true to myself and knowing that I am not balancing anything.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?
When my daughter was really young, she was crying a lot so I kept shaking her to stop her crying. After that I had a meeting, and all through the pitch I was doing the same shaking move unintentionally and everybody was laughing and they didn’t take me seriously.

4. What do you do everyday when you wake up?
I wake up, dress the kids, get dressed, go downstairs prepare breakfast and their lunch boxes for nursery. Drop off at nursery, jog to the gym and back, shower, head to the office!

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard-time achieving a balance between their work and family?
Like I said, there is no balance. The balance is realizing what you can delegate and what you shouldn’t. It is just knowing when your kids really need you and when your work really needs you. You can’t have it all and there is no supermom who does it all, so don’t try to be a supermom.

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?
I think that if I wasn’t a mom, I wouldn’t be as motivated at work. I started this whole entrepreneurial thing before having kids, and at that time I had more time to dedicate. Currently, I dedicate less time but more effort. Now the two hours I dedicate to work are much more efficient because my kids are my incentive, they make me push myself.

Fayrouz Nasser Eid

Founder and CEO of The Daily Crisp. Mother of Alay (5.5) and Laila (2.5)

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1. What is the hardest thing about being a working mom?

When my kids get sick. Most of the time I’ll put everything on hold to take care of them, but sometimes I have to leave them to my mom and go to work.

2. Tell us about the habit that helps you strike a successful balance between your work and family?

Time management and learning to give everything the attention it needs. So if I am at work, I focus on that to be as productive as I can and if I am with the kids, I try to also give them all the attention they need from me as a mom.

3. Tell us about a funny moment you encountered as a working mom?

 I was working from home because my daughter was sick. So as soon as she fell asleep, I started making phone calls, in the middle of a phone call with a client, she woke up and literally went from sleeping to screaming in less than 2 seconds which was then followed by throwing up. It was a “Can I call you back in 5 years” kind of moment. 

4. What do you do every day when you wake up?

In exactly 15 minutes I get my son ready for school, prepare his lunchbox, feed him and then he goes by bus. I prepare a morning smoothie, then I do the same thing for my 2 year old daughter but it normally takes almost an hour and a half with her. Then I drop her off to day care and I go to work after that. 

5. What advice would you give to moms who have a hard time achieving a balance between their work and family?

I would say stop being so hard on yourself, you really are doing the best you can. Your desire and ambition for wanting to be successful doesn’t make you a bad mom. What really helped me is knowing that you can have it all, but it doesn’t all happen at the same time. If you just had a baby, be there for your baby and as cliche as it sounds know that whatever goals you want to achieve in your career will be there as long as you never give up on them. 

6. What is the best thing about being a working mom?

Mostly being a role model for my son. My son is almost 6 and my daughter is 2.5 so at this phase in our lives, its mostly seeing how my son is understanding that hard work pays off. He is seeing milestones in my career that I make sure to share with him so he understands that working hard always gets you to where you want to be.

Omar is the founder of "Inspiring Egyptians". For more information and uplifting stories, head to Inspiring Egyptians on Facebook and Instagram.

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