11 Questions with… Christy Laverty. #bdk11Qs
16 Oct 2017
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Christy Laverty.
11 Questions with… Christy Laverty
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
I am a Mom, wife, journalist, writer, media and PR coach and consultant. After working for nearly two decades in the news media business I am working from home, for myself. It has been an adjustment but so freeing. I love being home, working for myself, empowering others in their business, and being home to be a bigger part of my family’s life.
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
My husband’s name is Ken. We have been together for nearly 25 years. He is an illustrator and also works from home!
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
We have two kids. Both girls. Our oldest is 13 years old. Her name is Kennedy. Our youngest, Emmersen, is 11. They are both great kids, with lots of personality!
4.A. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
We have a dog. Her name is Leia, as in Princess Leia. There are some pretty serious Star Wars fans in our house. She is a 5 year-old Boston Terrier cross. She is sweet, cuddly and full of energy.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
The biggest challenge? Hmmm, there are a few things I find challenging. I find setting limits when it comes to technology or screen time is hard. It is a constant battle in our house.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I love the media. I might not love the hours or sometimes the content but the act of creating is great. I think I would love to take the creation piece one step further and write books for a living. I have a few works in progress so finishing those and actually being a full time (get paid) writer would be a dream!
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
My own parents inspired me. They were great. Our family was big and had its own challenges. I am one of five kids. When I was 8 years-old my 5 year-old sister was hit by a car. She was left disabled by the accident. It changed our lives but my parents never made us feel like we weren’t a family. We had what we felt was a normal childhood. We went on trips. We joined sports teams. We spent summers playing with friends, swimming in our pool and BBQ’ing with family. My parents took us all to Disney, we made great family memories! My Mom and Dad managed an unimaginable crisis and were still there for us.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
I am not sure I have ever been good at balance. I am not sure there is really such a thing. One thing or another is always tipping the scales. I think working for myself at home now allows me to be more present. I think I work more hours but I can be more flexible so that I am with the family when I need to be. I found it harder to balance when I was working nights/evenings in the media in Toronto and was never home at night for dinner or bedtime. I always felt like I was missing out or letting my family down. In the end though you have to find what works for you. There is not perfect situation or perfect way to be a parent or a family. Figure out how close you can get to balance and keep adjusting as you go along.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
Don’t worry about what others are doing or how others are parenting their kids. Just do the best you can do! Have fun. Take time to spend with your kids. Take time to be with yourself. Take time to be with friends. Take time to be with your husband. Don’t lose yourself in being a Mom… you are that and so much more!
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
Yes, it’s don’t sweat the small stuff. When I was a new parent, my own Mom would tell me all the time to not worry too much about keeping the house tidy, doing the laundry. It will get done eventually. She would always tell me rest when you are tired, take care of your baby and take care of yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
Enjoy the moment! Be present. Your kids grow up so fast. It really does go by in a blink. It seems like a cliché but it isn’t. Be sure to spend time together as a family. Spend time with your kids. You can never get back the time.
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Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and blogger. At work, he leads the social media community management team for Ford of Canada. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.