On Juggling Motherhood and Career Responsibilities:
Advice For Working Moms:
Sometimes I feel like I am all over the place! Not only do I have a lot
I would tell working moms that there will never be enough hours
of things going on, but Madisyn does, too. She has swim, dance, and
in the day. I am always saying, “If I could just get three more hours
Girl Scouts. Madisyn has a busy schedule Monday through Thursday. My
in the day, life would be grand.” Even if I did have those extra hours,
career was smooth sailing when I was only teaching, but when I decided
I probably would fill them up with something. You have to make the
to start my business and also to assist my dad in his business, it became
best use of the time that you have. A good way to manage your time is
to plan out your week, which includes making a daily schedule. Make
Madisyn and I spend the mornings chatting on the way to school.
sure you include time for yourself in that schedule. Sometimes I take
This is our alone time, and we both cherish it. When I am setting up
long showers just to have a little “me” time. Make sure that you take
for an event or having a consultation, she usually tags along unless she
care of yourself. If you are not okay, it will definitely affect your child in
has a prior engagement. In order to juggle my career and motherhood,
I have to call on other family members to assist me when needed. I also
I am always encouraged on overwhelming days by Jeremiah 29:11,
have to plan out my days and make sure I am a mother first, and then
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to
everything else falls into its respective place. It is actually a difficult task
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
because the most important thing is that your child does not go lacking
Even though my age is catching up with me, I would love to have
in any area.
Making Time For Myself: I make time for myself by staying up later than normal at night. Sometimes I stay up until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. just to think, to catch up on a show I missed, to get some “me” time, or to just think about what I can do better to balance out my time. I also make sure I have at least one free weekend each month so I can stay home and do nothing. Madisyn and I look forward to this weekend. We get to lie around in our pajamas and watch television or anything else we feel like doing.
more children. I actually would love to have a set of twins. How great would that be! In all seriousness, though, I would love for Madisyn to have younger siblings . . . and I wouldn’t mind having a boy now! Maggie Cooper-Staley has one daughter, Madisyn Cooper, and is married to Franklin Staley. Maggie was born and raised in Mullins, South Carolina, and has four older siblings. Her parents are Robert B. Cooper, Sr. and Modestine Cooper. Currently a middle school teacher, Maggie is also a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is the technology personnel for her family’s funeral business and is the owner of Southern Divine Event Planning, LLC — a local event and wedding planning business. She is a proud member of the Omicron Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and resides in Florence, South Carolina.
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