Advice for working moms

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Advice for working moms

My best piece of advice to another working mom is don't expect that you can do it all. Don't buy into that myth, because you can't. You can do it all one at a time. So you can have moments when you're a great mom and you can have moments when you're a great working person and you can have moments when you're a great wife. But I don't think you can do it all together; I just don't think it's possible. And so don't feel guilty about it. Just know that life is long and you have a lot of cycles. And so I think your kids will look back and think of the good times when you were a great mom, hopefully. And even non-working moms have bad days and they're not always present and they're aggravated and and anxious and angry. And that's life; kids need to see you at your best and your worst.

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Robin Smalley

Parent with a Purpose & Co-Founder of mothers2mothers

After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers, a Cape Town-based NGO providing education, empowerment and suppport for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first executive director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating in more than 400 sites in seven African countries and employing nearly 1,000 HIV-positive mothers. m2m has been honored at the White House, is the recipient of the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award. Robin is married to architect Jeffrey Smalley and has two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. She continues to maintain membership in the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. 

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