Why You'll Love Kathleen Hurley
This mom of two left Wall Street and launched her popular blog, Let's Be Mom Friends, to educate herself on all things baby and to connect with other moms.
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What is your favorite thing to do/place to visit with your kids?
We joined the Sands Point Preserve, which is a great place for the whole family. The grounds are expansive and there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around, play at the park, go for hikes, walk your dog, etc.
What is the best parenting advice you ever received?
This is not necessarily advice, but the most important parenting lesson I learned was through the example my parents set. They never failed to show and express their unconditional love for myself and my brothers every single day. Growing up, I always felt that I could achieve anything that I wanted, or be anything I wanted, which was because of the encouragement and support I felt at home. No parent is perfect and there are tons of mistakes that we make, but at the end of the day I believe that the best thing you can give your child is unconditional love and encouragement and to let them be themselves.
What do you think is a parent’s hardest job?
Personally, I think it's finding the balance. I'm kind of an all-or-nothing personality—so after leaving my full-time job in finance, I went into full-time mom mode. In doing so, I neglected the simple personal aspects of my life prior to kids—going to the gym, showering and putting on "real clothes,” finding me time—but at the end of the day I knew that wasn't sustainable. With the support of my husband, I feel like I've hit my stride and have been able to find a work/mom/life balance that works for me. I have my blog and I'm also a real estate agent at Douglas Elliman in Manhasset and Port Washington. With these pursuits I'm able to keep both my creative and entrepreneurial juices flowing, but at the same time strike a balance that allows me to be a part of Rosie and Margaret's every day!