Tips on dealing with your new identity as a working mom

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Tips on dealing with your new identity as a working mom

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My biggest challenge as a mom is figuring how to be the person I was before in my career in the same way now that I have kids. And I don’t know if I can do that. I mean, before kids I used to get a call the day before. “Hey, can you fill in for so-and-so tomorrow morning on the news.” “Sure, I’ll be there, no problem.” I’d be there at 5 a.m. Well now, I can’t do things like that because I don’t have a sitter to watch the girls at 3 a.m. when I have to leave. So things like that have proven to be issues for me recently. One of the ways I’ve started to deal with that is to share a baby sitter / nanny type with another family that lives in the area. So we have a little bit of flexibility with when she can watch our kids according to when each of us need child care. So that’s been helping a little bit. But one of the bigger issues that I’ve had to get over is simply knowing that it’s okay to say no. And when I first had children, the times that I had to say no to a last-minute meeting or a last-minute audition, it would really bother me. And I would get frustrated thinking, I don’t want my career to stall, so to speak because of kids. But that’s the reality now. That’s being a mother. And for my priorities, I want to be the mom for my kids. And knowing that it’s okay to say no, and that another opportunity will come up later. That’s something that I’ve been dealing with. And I’m getting better at it.

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Jill Simonian

TV Host & Founder TheFabMom.com

Jill Simonian is a Television Host and Mom & Family Lifestyle Expert. As Founder/Blogger of the fresh and motivating online resource TheFabMom.com, Jill inspires women to keep life focused, fun and as close to fabulous as possible after having babies (with tons of funny fails) through her own personal tales of motherhood. A mom to two girls under the age of 4, Jill's relatable personality and social media wit scored her the gig of Mom-Lifestyle Expert for Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" daytime show for 2013-2014. She frequently appears on HLN, E!, KTLA-5's Morning News (Los Angeles) and HuffPostLive dishing about celebrity parents, sparking hot-topic debate and sharing personal tips and products about all-things babies, motherhood and parenting. Jill contributes blogs and videos to top online parenting sites (Right Start, Momversation, Modern Mom), has been a 'spokesmom' for branded digital campaigns (Target, T-Mobile, Lance Snacks, Bel Brands) and co-hosted MSN's video series Her Say (2011) alongside the mother of all mom-bloggers, Soleil Moon Frye. Jill is a polished speaker, emcee and panel moderator for corporate and motivational events alike (including Skechers USA and Maria Shriver’s CA Women’s Conference). Prior to having children, Jill racked up hundreds of celebrity interviews as a full-time entertainment reporter and hosted a multitude of lifestyle and entertainment news programs airing on HLN/CNN ("Showbiz Tonight"), KTLA-5 ("Sneaks," KTLA's "Morning News"), Travel Channel ("America's Worst Driver"), ReelzChannel ("Dailies", "The Big Tease") and more. Jill is a specially-selected member of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Digital Philanthropic Committee and is truly having a blast keeping life 'fabulous' with her husband (a pediatric surgeon) and their two wildly opinionated toddlers… fails and all.

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