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Mondays are for Moms: Finding a balance

Posted at 3:38 PM, Feb 16, 2020

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.

We want you to also weigh in. You can join the conversation on our Facebook page, is there any great advice you received or any other point you think that would help other moms? Let us know by clicking here, we would love to hear from you.

This week we are asking a question "how do you find balance in your crazy life?"

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 doesn't believe in "balance". It's all about juggling everything you have to do and being present where you are. If she is at work she is focused on work, when she is home with her kids, she is focused on her kids.

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. Lissa says she has many trustworthy babysitters and family members to help her handle the craziness.

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 likes to designate certain times for different members of her family. Wednesdays are date nights with her husband and her kiddos each get 30 minutes of special time. She also has found that not sitting down for dinner works best for her family. Instead, they hangout in a big bed together or on the couch to have family time. She encourages people to step out of the normal routine to find what works for her family.

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. Adryan says to stop trying to be everywhere at the same time, to just be present with whatever you are doing.

Tune in Mondays at 6 a.m. the whole month of February for this candid conversation.