11 Questions with… Laura Berg. #bdk11Qs
12 Jun 2017
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Laura Berg.
Laura Berg is a superstar. She is a successful entrepreneur, has more views on YouTube than anyone I know, and is one of the nicest people I have ever met. On top of that, she is a wife, and a mom… your modern day Wonder Woman.
11 Questions with… Laura Berg
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
My name is Laura Berg and I’m the president and founder of My Smart Hands Inc, a baby sign language company. I am also a certified YouTube Audience Development specialist, social media professor and professional YouTuber.
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
I’m married to the love of my life, Moe Berg. He is the former front man for TPOH and is now a music producer and music production professor at Fanshawe College. We have been happily married for 15 years.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
My daughter, Fireese, is 11 and my son, Hartford, is 7. We made up the name Fireese. It’s a combination of fire and ice put together (the balance of opposites) but we wanted it to be phonetic so we spelled it Fireese. We also wanted her to be able to go by Reese if she wanted to. She loves all things music, especially singing and playing her uke.
My son was named after my mom who passed away right before we conceived him. It was her last name. He was a miracle baby. We had infertility treatment with Fireese, it took us three years to get pregnant with her. Then we wanted to try for a second child. We tried seven rounds of treatments and they all failed. We were told we couldn’t have a second baby. My mom died very suddenly. She was my best friend and it crushed my world. The first time my husband and I had “relations” after my mom died we conceived my son. We call him our little gift from grandma. He loves all things art. He spends most of his free time drawing and listening to music.
4. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
This past year we have fostered cats. We take in cats that need medical care and get them healthy so they can be adopted. The last fostering we did was with three little kittens who were found with their dead mom. It was very sad. They were only three weeks old and still needed to be bottle fed. Because I work from home I was able to care for them. They needed feeding every four hours. I fell madly in love with them. When the first one was adopted I cried all night. It broke my heart letting them go. I have since adopted the other two who are now our permanent cats.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
My biggest challenge has been realizing my children are two completely different people that need to be parented differently. My daughter is really easy going and my son is a firecracker. When I had my son I tried to parent him the same way I did my daughter and failed miserably. It was like being a new parent all over again.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I’d love to be a marine biologist because I love the under water world. I think I may have been a fish in my past life. However, I’m terrible at science so that was never in the cards for me, sadly.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
My mom hands down. She was the most amazing woman, mother and friend anyone could have. She was strong, kind and compassionate. She showed me what it is to be an amazing person, woman and mother. I was so lucky to have her in my life.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
I don’t. Is that even possible as an entrepreneur?? But I can say that I’m really lucky to be my own boss and name my own hours. This allows me to take time off work for things like school field trips and school sporting events. If I take time off during the day to go to one of my children’s schools then I just have to work that night after they go to bed. I guess that’s how I balance.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
I would tell myself to enjoy being pregnant and then having a newborn. Relax. Watch a movie, go for lunch, get a massage. When you have a second child all of that free time is gone. You can’t sit and watch a good movie with your baby sleeping in your arms. Now you have to run after a toddler while trying to get your baby to sleep. There is no rest. So rest now and don’t feel guilty about it!
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
My mom always told me you can’t be your child’s friend. You can when they become an adult but while they are a child and teen you must be their parent. They have several friends but only one mom. You need to make sure that you are helping them make good decisions for their life and that may mean making tough decisions for them and becoming the bad guy. It’s okay for your children to “hate” you. If they don’t hate you at one point or anther then you aren’t doing your job.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
I’d tell new parents to join a mommy/daddy group. There is nothing worse than being isolated when you first have a baby. Make sure to get out there and talk to other parents. The main reason I recommend this is because you are going to feel like a failure as a new parent. We all do. Are our babies sleeping enough, are they getting enough milk, are they eating enough, am I stimulating them enough… the list goes on. Parenthood is a ticket for guilt. You feel guilty often. But when you are around other parents you realize they are going through the same thing. They are experiencing the same struggles and feeling like a failure too. When you come together and talk about it you realize you aren’t a failure, it’s just parenthood.
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