SuperMoms - How Do They Do It and Is it Healthy?

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

We all know them. Women who balance the demands of a career with the needs of their family and community.

We explore this phenomenon and why so many American women have turned into what's commonly referred to as "supermom's".

They're the moms that make every soccer practice while managing to balance their work, community volunteering and tackle just about any other challenge they're faced with.

Meet "supermom" Audrey Meany. After getting up at 5:30 a.m to get her three children ready for school, it's off to her other full-time job as a branch manager.

Then its back to taking her three kids where they need to be. All of them are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities.

That's not all, Audrey has another full-time business on the side.

She's an independent Mary Kay beauty consultant.

Lets add one more thing to her plate - she's volunteered for recognized community organizations.

"I'm not Carol Brady and this isn't the traditional family, but maybe there's no such thing as a traditional family anymore - we're busy but we also make it a point to have time together," Audrey admitted.

Now meet Elizabeth Slattery. This "supermom" is an aide at Bowling Green High School. That's not all, she also teaches dance classes in the afternoon. Seasonally, Elizabeth directs major community plays. Elizabeth's three kids also have schedules of their own.

"We call it organized chaos - everyday is organized chaos for us," Elizabeth said.

That's because a typical week has to fit daughter Hanna's six dance classes, voice lessons and local performances.

Macmillan regularly attends swim meets, football practice and of course games.

Her oldest, Nicholas, is also a swimmer and involved in various school activities.

"I don't think there is such a thing as balancing time - I think you prioritize your time maybe but you can't give equal time for everything," she said.

Like Audrey and Elizabeth, we all know "supermom's" in our communities and neighborhoods. But psychologists say now there's a trend where super mom's are scaling back.

Psychologist Dr. Bill Pfohl says that's because being a supermom puts tremendous stress on these women.

"Some people fail to watch the signs. They get sick and they don't feel like doing it anymore. They have difficulty getting out of bed," Pfohl explained.

"If there's pressure then that's not where I get it - my mom made sure I had activities and I want to make sure my kids have that opportunity too," Audrey said.

Dr. Pfohl says healthy "supermom's" like Audrey and Elizabeth stay sane by remembering to take care of themselves.

Audrey says regular workouts, beauty pampering and outings with friends is what keeps her in line.

For Elizabeth, it's having a sense of humor and immersing in the arts.

Every mom is different.

Dr. Pfhol says keeping a realistic prospective of what you are capable of doing is key to being the best "supermom" you could aspire to become.

The ones who are starting to scale back are realizing this more and more.

Also, since we shot the special report, Elizabeth Slattery has since married.

She and our very own Gene Birk tied the knot last week.


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