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Mondays are for Moms

Posted at 2:07 PM, Feb 02, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mondays are for Moms -- to talk about their struggles, their "mommy guilt," and how they balance their busy lives. 7ABC reporter Rebecca Thornburg sat down with four Western New York moms to have this important conversation.

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This week we are asking a question that can have many different answers, "what are the biggest struggles you face?"

These are the moms you are hearing from:

Carrie Rinehart
Carrie lives in Forestville N.Y. with her three kids ages 10, eight and five and her wife Amber. The Rinehart family grew all at once when Carrie and Amber adopted all three children on the same day. Carrie is a PR Specialist for Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and a small business owner at Rusterior in Forestville, N.Y. Carrie says she struggled with not being the mom she pictured in her head. She says she is nothing like the "image" of a mom she had in her head but says it's for the better. She does the best she can and is loving the journey.

Lissa Rausch
Lissa and her husband Mike have four girls ages eight, six, and twins who are three in North Buffalo. She has been a stay-at-home mom, she worked part-time, she worked from home and now she works full-time as a writer at Delaware North. Working at all different times, she says she struggles with the "mommy guilt" and the judgment people have no matter what she is doing with her career. She says people always have an opinion no matter what but she is doing what is best for her family.

Dana Marciniak
Dana lives with her two boys ages 10 and eight in North Buffalo with her husband Joe. Her oldest son is living with Autism. She started her own PR business, 85 West Communications and works from home. Dana says one of her biggest struggles is giving everyone and everything enough time and attention. When being pulled in so many different directions she says it can sometimes be tough to be present and give everything 100 percent. She says she she knows her boys will not be perfect but she is determined to raise them to be kind, confident, and chivalrous.

Adryan Parks
Adryan is a stay at home mom to her 16-month old son living in Williamsville with her husband Doug. It wasn't Adryan's plan to be a stay-at-home mom, but after moving to Buffalo two years ago, she and her husband couldn't find adequate childcare for their family and she decided staying at home was their best option. She says she struggles with being her son's "first teacher" and pressure that comes along with it. She questions herself as a first time mom doing daily activities with him.

Next week, the moms discuss "mommy guilt" and the judgment people always have towards moms no matter what their situation is. Tune in Mondays at 6 a.m. the whole month of February.