Name: Allison Cobb
Husband: David Hussey
Town: Hilton Head Island
Children: George, 8; Charlotte, 7
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Occupation: Realtor with The Cobb Group at Charter One Realty
Favorite mommy moment: My favorite time of the day is right before bed when I get to spend time individually with each of my children, reading books and listening to stories about their day. I love my children's perspective of how the world works.
Most challenging moment: Hands down, the most challenging moment is when my kids need me and work "calls." I hate to see that disappointed look on their faces. I work hard to juggle things so that this does not happen very often.
Favorite book: One of my previous careers was an elementary media specialist (librarian) in the Chicago Public School system. I love so many books. The book I am reading now is "Tell the Wolves I'm Home," by Carol Brunt, and it is fantastic. It is a first book by Brunt, and I always think a first book is the author's most interesting.
Favorite Thanksgiving dish: My grandmother's creamed onions and Giada De Laurentiis' recipe for butternut squash lasagna
Favorite local spot: The beach on a hot summer evening with family and friends
Hobbies: There is not a lot of time for hobbies, but I like cooking, reading and playing with my children. I wish I had more time for Bikram yoga on the island. Love Bikram yoga.
What is one thing you learned from your mom that you now use in parenting? My mom really believes in slowing down for the kids and sitting together for dinner. We are not always good about this, but when we do, the payoff is big.
How do you keep the romance alive in your marriage? David and I just spent a week in Paris, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Carving out a little bit of time for just us is all we need to keep things in perspective. Obviously, Paris was a huge treat, but was a great romantic recharge.
How do you juggle a career and kids? Organization, teamwork and keeping things positive is how I balance career and kids. I try very hard to do as much as I can during the day so when I am with the kids, I can devote my attention to them. I try really hard to put my cellphone away when I am with them so they are not competing with technology. My career is very important and my time belongs to my clients, but family time is important, too. I make it all work.
Advice for other moms: Keep looking at the big picture. Always look at where you are going and not where you have been. Learn from your mistakes, but keep things in perspective. I think all moms today, and especially working moms, really beat themselves up to be perfect. There is so much more information and education available to moms, and sometimes all of that is just too overwhelming. Go with your maternal gut. Walk the talk and don't just preach. A hug, a kiss and an "I'm sorry" go a long way with one's children and one's husband.
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