TOT SQUAD: Mother's Day is all about celebrating the visible (and invisible) work that mothers do every day. What is an invisible part of a mother's work that you think most people don't know about?
LORI: That's so true! Moms do it all! We're teachers, coaches, referees, drivers, shoppers, cleaners, cooks…you name it, we do it! But really, it's the seldom seen things that really define motherhood. For me, it's the emotional support that I provide by just being present in my children's lives. It's the late-night pep talks, being there when they need a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with, a safe person to lash out at and of course, someone to hug. Mother's love is unconditional, so it's all the "behind-the-scenes" moments that truly define motherhood and make it so extraordinary.
TOT SQUAD: How will you celebrate Mother's Day this year, in light of the stay at home mandate?
LORI: Well, maybe that's a question for my hubby and kids! But I'm hoping it will be our traditional breakfast in bed followed by some fun family time – that means no phones or electronic devices! I'm also fortunate that my parents and sister live on my street, so I'm sure we'll "visit" them and blow kisses and wave from the sidewalk – because even though we're keeping our distance, it's always nice to "see" them! Who knows, we may also have a Zoom picnic!
TOT SQUAD: How has being a mother made you a better business owner?
LORI: That's an easy one! A mother is the ultimate juggler, and that skill has helped me tremendously in my business in terms of handling multiple things at once. Motherhood has also taught me the importance of patience and time management – these are two attributes that only get stronger as your children get older. They have definitely impacted how I work both as a mentor to employees and managing my schedule so that the work gets done without finishing me off! Also, motherhood has brought an element of family to my business. For example, My sisters and I decided to send out a mask with every purchase on our website because as a mothers we feel the need to do our part to protect our customers.
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