Hit show Veep starts filming in August. For the producer of the show, Stephanie Laing, it not only means getting back to work but also time to get the kids back to school. Which also means it's time to take on her biggest challenge: balancing the two.
In a contributor piece to Refinery 29, Laing said that her week usually starts off on a positive note but come Thursday, she can't help but think about everything that she did wrong during the week.
Veep is produced in D.C. but Laing's family lives in New York City, so she commutes to and from work once, sometimes twice a week.
When Laing's children were younger, she was only producing one comedy special a year so she was at home the rest of the time. However, before her youngest child turned 2, Laing was back at work full-time.
Laing says that being an awesome producer and an incredible mom all in the same day is tough and takes patience. Here are a few tenets she put together to balance the juggling act...
Being a mom is exhausting.
Being a mom is a job that's 24/7 but that doesn't mean you're going to be perfect all the time. When Laing feels like she isn't doing the best job as a mom, she looks as it as a day off, and gives herself a break. There is no such thing as a break from being a parent, and you can't be a great mom unless you try and make time for mental breathers. You need to recharge.
My kids still love me on days when I'm not a great mom
It's OK for kids to see that you are not perfect. Laing says that she thinks its good for her kids to see a couple of failed family-time attempts so that they can all better appreciate time spent together.
My bosses will still appreciate me on days when I'm not a great producer.
Laing says that she is always upfront about leaving work for family stuff, and always makes up for time lost. Everyone she works with knows that around her kids' bed time she won't be by her computer, but come 9 p.m., she is ready to to take on the world.
I don't expect perfection.
Balancing the two priorities can be a crazy roller coaster, but Laing finds that the best ways to deal with them is by recognizing they ebb and flow. You have to go with what life throws in front of you. These life experiences are what will teach children to accept themselves growing up, says Laing.