My name is Megan Garon, Marketing Coordinator, and I have been working at Nacht & Lewis for seven years. In the past two years, I have been blessed with my two children while working for the firm, just recently returning to work in November of 2015 after having my second child. I started working at Nacht & Lewis as an Administrative Assistant and eagerly moved into the Marketing Coordinator position. In my role, I work with our Market Sector Leads and Marketing Team to execute our firm’s competitive proposal pursuits and other special marketing projects. While I am not an architect, working in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has given me insights into an exciting business sector and helped me see a variety of working professionals; full-time working moms, full-time working dads, single professionals, part-time working moms, professionals who work from home (full or part-time), etc. Being a working mom is something relatively new to me, so I would like to share a little bit of my perspective as a working parent. There are so many ideas and opinions online and in the media about the right type of family employment structure, but I keep coming back to the thought that there is not one right or wrong answer to navigating raising children while working.
I will be the first one to tell you how beneficial working full-time is for my family and me. Talking with my peers, working through proposals, solving challenging tasks and exploring my creativity – all of these things help me feel a purpose in life beyond being a mom. In the same regard, sixty percent of working moms believe that balancing their job and family is difficult – being a working mom is exhausting!*
Balancing Home Life, Schedules & Work
Scheduling life’s day-to-day activities while working and keeping up with tasks in my home life have been two of my most prevalent adjustments while working full-time. Because I am away at work for most of the day, I find myself much more inclined to soak up the snuggles or play with cars and trains on the floor with my oldest than make beds or pick up every toy that is left out at the end of the evening.
In order to make the days and weeks work for my family, scheduling has become the biggest chore around my household and I am sure it only gets more complicated as the kids continue to grow! Naturally, there is a lot of driving, planning and rushing around, but each day holds something new for my kids in the different nurturing environments with their grandparents, nanny, friends, activity classes and other time throughout the week and weekends with me and my husband. Being able to come to work and have fairly consistent tasks while knowing what is expected of me each day allows me to carry over my time management and organizational skills to my home life which, in turn, helps my entire family.
Nacht & Lewis
One of the absolute best aspects of being a working mom is the place at which I work. Nacht & Lewis is compassionate and appreciates the importance of family. We have many new parents, parents who are really getting settled in the swing of things as well as some experienced parents who have “been there and done that” when it comes to balancing family life and hard work. They are quick to work with my schedule and encourage me to keep my family life at the top of the priority list. Some employers might lose sight of the fundamentals of compassion for those who are raising families and might place more significance on work over their employees. I am so grateful to work for a firm that is supportive in recognizing that every parent and every child is different.
Fifty-eight percent of working moms thinking that they spend the right amount of time with their children.*
This helps validate my feelings that others believe, as I do, that working full-time can benefit not only ourselves emotionally and financially, it can benefit our children.
*Statistics found at Pew Research Center.