How to Hustle Like a Mom from a Mompreneur
Pamela Pekerman, on-air expert and creator of Hustle Like a Mom, shares the best parenting advice she's ever received.
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What’s the best parenting advice you ever received?
Listen to the crowd but go with your gut. Don’t silence your inner mama bear, as she truly knows what is best for her cubs. It’s great to breast-feed, but that’s not happy making for every mama. Sure, it’s nice to be a PTA mom, but that might not be on your priority list. The only advice I would ever offer is to dig into your gut, listen to your deepest desires, and do whatever you can to align your personal and professional aspirations. Parenting is hard, and you need to ensure you are coming at it from a place of inner contentment and confidence in your choices—because so many moments will challenge your sanity, and your sense of self.
What famous parent would you like to have dinner with and why?
Busy Philipps is my celeb mom crush. I’ve interviewed her a few times, and she’s such a fun gal. I’m sure we would laugh our butts off about the highs, lows, and sanity-sucking, moments-of-madness that is mom life. She also gets entrepreneur life and hustle as a mom life, so I’d imagine we would dish on our professional dreams, as well, all while enjoying cotton candy and champagne.
What do you think is a parent’s hardest job?
Being present. It’s a gift to the person you are speaking with, in this case your children, to be present, to not have your mind wander into what you need to do once they go to bed, or what you could be doing if you didn’t have to practice piano with them. Being present is a constant practice of focusing on the person you are with, and on your breath (if you need to ground yourself back in the moment). In 2019, I found that replacing the phrase “I have to” with “I get to” gives you a boost into the present, as well as a dose of gratitude for that which is before you. Wow, I get to practice piano with my kids. What a privilege. Wow, I get to pick up my kids from school, my healthy kids. When kids know you are there, really there, they will return the love with their focus and heart. And, if we as parents are present and in the moment, we will teach our kids to be calmer, better listeners, and more mindful human beings.