Multifamily Mommy: Apartments, Diapers and Work… OH MY!


I’m 30. There, I said it, I got it out there. I’m 30 and my husband and I just had our very first baby, three weeks ago. Up until now, we both favored college and then careers over family. We wanted to be established, be able to provide for a child before we committed to having one.

So why am I telling you this? Well… at 30, I’m established in my career and my husband and I are accustomed our lifestyle … and with a baby, well, a lot of things will have to change. Or will it? If you read any “mommy” books or blogs, many describe motherhood and caring for a child as the single hardest thing they’ve ever done …  clearly they’ve never worked during budget season for a multifamily company, but I digress…

Admittedly, I am no expert on the subject of being a working mom just yet, but I’ve learned a lot in the past three weeks. Many of you might assume that I am on maternity leave, and while I sort of am, I’m still working about 25-30 hours a week from home. So I’ve sort of gotten a crash course in this whole dual role thing and I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed with myself. Maybe I’ve been lucky so far, but I have to say… this isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

GASP!

A typical day consists of about eight hours of work spread throughout the day, seven to nine hours of sleep in three to four hour blocks at night and plenty of interaction with Baby, but by maximizing the time he is discovering things on his own and sleeping I can get the work hours in.

Now, that’s just our schedule, maybe you have something different… but this works for us and allows us to still be productive employees (my husband owns his company), be the loving & attentive parents we wanted to be and still get the food & sleep we need to function.

 

So what does this have to do with Multifamily? Well … a lot. We are an industry FULL of women; just take a look around on-site or even at the corporate office. It’s not a gender biased thing, it’s just that there are a lot of women who flock to the industry and I’m here to tell you that being a working mom in the multifamily business is possible and not that difficult, if you have self motivation and determination.

 

Like with everything at work and in life, when merging the two, we’re simply balancing. How you choose to balance depends on you, but it can be done, successfully.

 

Do you have to give up your careers aspirations (Community Manager, Regional Director, Director of Training, VP of Management or higher) when you have a baby? NO! Do you have to sacrifice time with your child for your career? NO! Is it possible to be a true “working mom” in our business? YES!

 

I’ve learned, that like with most things, it’s all about how your approach the situation and your personal motivation. In multifamily, we’re fortunate, because many of us have “normal” working hours (in all positions, on-site and corporate), the majority of us are closed on holidays and a lot of positions (especially on-site ones) have a great deal of flexibility.

 

For me, being a working mother is seamless because I want to be the best mother I can be and I want to work (and be exceptional). I’m not sacrificing one for the other; I’m merely making room for both.