Sunday, May 14, 2017

She is Superwoman: For the Moms Who Do It All

Candace Parker and daughter, Lailaa . image source.
Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra's daughters, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline
Dara Torres and daughter, Tessa, at the 2012 London Olympics.
Photo credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times. source.
Flint basketball legend Pamela McGee (left) stands beside her daughter Imani Boyette (right) who was chosen 10th pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft. source.

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WNBA New York Liberty's Bria Hartley and baby boy, Noah. via InstaGram

Juggling motherhood and a career has to be one of the hardest things in the world to do and I imagine it being that much harder to do so as a professional athlete. Because there's such a demand from both sides, these women have so much on their plate and it's their duty to balance, maintain, and protect all of it.

In an interview with Leah Bourne at Working Mother, Olympian Dara Torres explained how tough it is to balance professional sports and parenthood: 

"Balance doesn’t come easy for me—it’s tough balancing training with parenthood. I have to balance my time between being a busy mom, training and taking time to relax. It’s taken a lot of practice and discipline, but I find a way to make it work."

As someone who wants to have career doing what I love with secret dreams of returning to swimming to compete on some level, I always felt like I had to choose between that and family. I really admire women who do it all...and make it look effortless, despite the level of difficulty that comes with it. To see and know so many woman embrace motherhood and still manage to be hyper career focused simultaneously is admirable, to say the least. 

There are so many generations of elite female athletes who were able to balance sports and family, but there still hasn't been enough research conducted to show how it's humanly possible for these women accomplish so much, considering the amount of sacrifice, time, energy, and dedication that is required of them, both at home and at work. I experienced this lifestyle in my household growing up, and to this day, I don't know how my mom did it. She is superwoman, because although it's not a modern concept for a woman to be invested in both career and family, it's still something no one seems to fully understand. 

From athletes, to coaches, to moms of professional athletes, these women are all extraordinary in their own unique way. And to all the women who can relate, I wish them/you all a very Happy Mother's Day and well deserved praise to a job well done.

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