Name: Claire Coffman
Children: Madalyn, 12; and Jillian, 10
Occupation: Middle-school language arts and social studies teacher
Favorite mommy moment: Just the other day, my daughters and I got home from work and I set into cleaning the house (to get it ready to sell). After homework was done, the girls both stepped in and started helping, without being asked. Once we finished up for the night, I came out into the living room and my youngest daughter had a foot spa set up for me. She told me I worked hard all day and she thought I could use a little relaxing time. It made me realize that maybe I am doing something right in raising my girls.
Most challenging moment: Right now we are in a transitional period in our family. It is hard playing both parents and also trying to help my kids with their math homework. There are often nightly homework battles ... and one of my daughters is very hard-headed (like her mother) so it can be rough.
Best household tip: I am learning to let it go. Spend time with the kids now, clean later.
I can't leave the house without: Mascara. I know that may sound weird, but I feel naked without it.
What would you tell a younger you? Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, does or has. It is perfectly fine to have your own opinions, thoughts and ideas, and don't let anyone tell you differently.
Hardest age for your kids? Right now, the lovely pre-teen years. They are rough.
Favorite age for your kids? Right now. Even though the pre-teen years are tough, I enjoy being able to talk to my girls about all sorts of things.
How do you balance career and family? With my village. I have a great support system of family and friends. It helps greatly having my mother live two minutes away.
What's the one thing that's OK to let go? It's OK to let go of negative things in your life. They only bring you down, and that has a ripple effect on your entire family.
Advice for other moms: Don't feel the need to keep up with the Joneses. Be yourself, love your family, and make sure you have time for yourself.
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