What's her secret?: 'Maintain maximum flexibility'

abredeson@islandpacket.comAugust 5, 2013 

Jen Fielding is photographed at home on July 18 with her children, from left, Kristen, 10, Jack, 7, and Bill, 9.

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Name: Jen Fielding

Husband: Bill

Town: Hilton Head Island

Children: Kristen, 10; Bill, 9; Jack, 7

Occupation: Cardiac perfusionist

Go-to dinner: "I am not known for my cooking," she said. "But we make breakfast a lot for dinner, especially when my husband is traveling. ... I make reservations better than I make meals. My husband is the chef in the family."

Biggest pet peeve: Repeating herself with the children, especially when they are in a hurry

Hobbies: Jogging, tennis, playing with Legos with the kids

Volunteer work: Fielding is on the School Improvement Council at Hilton Head Island Elementary School. "I always feel like keeping involved in the kids' school is such a win-win situation for everybody," she said. "They know I'm there ... It's helpful to the teachers, helpful to the faculty and helpful to the community."

Favorite mommy moment: "The times that I see the children playing well together make me so happy," Fielding said. "As close as they are in age, they really do enjoy each other. And I like the moments that I've observed the boys sticking up for each other and how much they always miss each other when they're apart."

Most challenging moment: As a cardiac perfusionist contracted with Hilton Head Hospital, Fielding gets calls when she is needed at the hospital and has only 30 minutes to get there. That can be difficult with three children, but thankfully she has a couple of people who are willing to watch her kids at a moment's notice. "Balancing family time, friends time and work time is always such a challenge for working moms," she said. "And then the laundry."

Stress reliever: Jogging with friends. Fielding runs with a group of friends and calls it "free therapy for moms."

Advice for other moms: "Maintain maximum flexibility," she said. "Nothing ever turns out like you expect it to. ... My children have always had to be flexible with my job. They've always had to pick up and go when they need to. I think it just teaches them to roll with things in life ... It makes for healthy, easygoing kids."

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