July 24, 2011

Shoes On: A Working Mom's Guilt

Shoes On: A Working Mom's Guilt starts at the :59 mark 

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Kate Pantinas...

Kate Pantinas  professor at Ivy Tech Community College teaching communication courses, including the dreaded Public Speaking class (but try not to hold that against her). She is also a part-time blogger, writing about her crazy life at The Working Mom Woes, and her new adventure homeschooling said crazy kids at Homeschool Professor. When not busy teaching or writing, she spends every waking (and some sleeping) moments with her wonderful and supportive husband Mike, her two energetic and loving boys, AJ and Nate, and her new bundle of joy Abby, a girl! Finally, a balance in the testosterone levels in the house! 

Thoughts from Kate: I've actually known Steph (and her mom) since elementary school. One of my favorite memories of her was when she sang a solo of "Oh, Holy Night" in our Christmas concert. Such a beautiful voice! We had different friends in high school, and like so many, lost touch. I was thrilled to find her on facebook and then her blog. She was always that sweet person I wanted to know better, and through her beautiful words, I feel I have.

When she announced auditions for LTYM, I was so excited. I knew how much this meant to her, and I loved the platform it gave moms (and others!). So, I scrounged up some old blogs and put something together. That alone was so cathartic. I doubted I would actually get in the show, but seeing Steph again and putting my feelings into words felt wonderful.

Needless to say, I was shocked when I found out I was going to be a part of this fabulous production. Then I met the people involved, and felt truly unworthy to be a part of this group. Such beautiful people! I have a tendency to be a bit quiet, almost anti-social, when I'm pregnant, but these wonderful people pulled me into their lives and allowed me to celebrate motherhood with them anyway. This show for me was about more than telling a story - it was about fellowship. I am so honored to have been a part of it, more than I can say in just a few paragraphs.

A little background from Steph: Like Kate mentioned, I've known her since high school days and I was excited to hear her audition for Listen To Your Mother. I really didn't know what to expect, and was blown away by her beautiful perspective as a working mom. Her piece was so eye opening to me, and empowering, and definitely added an incredible dynamic to the show that I know touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.

Every Sunday I'll be featuring a "behind the scenes" of each Listen To Your Mother Valparaiso/NW Indiana piece. You can watch the entire show on the Listen To Your Mother Show YouTube channel here or see each piece listed and linked here and here.

Listen To Your Mother photos by Beth Fletcher Photography 

1 comment:

  1. I'm only half a year into this being-a-mom thing, and I totally get this. I have felt "guilty for not feeling guilty" for going to work when my babe was 9 weeks. He's stayed home with Dad, and I haven't worried a bit. I like my job, and feel as if I'm forever defending my choice. The house isn't perfect, but everyone's happy and healthy. The picture she describes of a toddler's tear-stained face out the window isn't one I've experienced yet- maybe I'll change my mind when that happens. Right now, I'll do as Kate says and 'be true to myself'! Thanks for sharing this!


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