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Katy Winter is a Westchester mother of three with an eye for design and home organization.
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My goal is to be home when my middle-schoolers get off the bus. Then I spring into parent mode to manage carpools, homework, activities, and playdates. We always eat dinner together and are super lucky that my husband is a great chef! My biggest challenge is catching up on office hours. I try to work on my writing, invoicing, and social media needs after dinner. I am so exhausted by the end of my day that I usually crash without any TV or wind-down time. It's also not unusual that I fall asleep before my children!?
What’s the best parenting advice you ever received?
My sister once told me: Parenting can be like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you get one kid’s issues resolved, the other kid pops out of the gopher hole. Parents are constantly troubleshooting. So we just roll with the punches and take one issue at a time, and I really try not to sweat the small stuff.?
What do you think is a parent’s hardest job?
To single out the hardest part of parenthood would be challenging. It brings me the most intense joy, but it’s also the hardest job around. Right now I am in the thick of middle school—these are awkward years! Life can be rough and bumpy, especially in middle school. It’s extremely hard to watch your kids suffer. We can’t protect our kids from everything. And a mother’s lioness instinct always surfaces, but it’s so important to empower your children to learn to stand up for themselves and find their own voice. Sometimes they just need us to listen and acknowledge, but don’t need us stepping in.??
What is the best thing about raising kids in the New York city area?
For my family it’s the theater! I love seeing plays, especially with my kids. And there is no theater like New York theater! We enjoy Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and local plays in Westchester.?