Mom’s the Word, Part 3: Making career fit with family

Erica Diamond has a busy life.

For the blogger, author, speaker, and work-at-home mom, the various roles are a lot to handle.

“I think as a working mom, something’s got to give,” said Diamond, mother of Andrew, 7, and Sean, 4.

Her entrepreneurial path began in 1999. That’s when Diamond started her first business at the age of 24.

But then, in 2009, she was inspired to launch a blog, called “Women on the Fence“.

The Montrealer wanted to motivate women to make changes in their lives – changes that would help them find happiness.

The hobby quickly took off – and became her full-time job.

Millions per month

“I absolutely love it,” she said, noting her site is syndicated to roughly nine women’s websites, with 2 million readers a month.

What she loves most is that blogging gives her the flexibility to spend more time with her kids.

“When Andrew walks through the door at 4:30, I like to be there and unplug and be there for them,” she said.

But like many other moms, each day, is a constant juggle – driving the kids to school, picking them up from hockey, and managing professional obligations.

“The toughest hours of my day are usually 4-7,” she said. “That, for me, is the bewitching hour. It’s trying to get homework done, dinner ready, and get everyone organized.”

But sometimes, Diamond’s blogging career gives her an escape.

For example, she’s soon flying south of the border to talk about the struggle to juggle life as a working mom.

“Some of the things I speak about are, no. 1, learning how to say no. So if your plate is already full, then now’s not really the time to pile more onto it,” she said.

Diamond insists her secret to success is her strong support system – which includes great friends, family and a full-time nanny.

“I couldn’t have done it all these years without her,” she said.

‘Don’t tell anyone’

Diamond believes every working mom needs help.

“That means calling a neighbour and saying I’m at my wits end right now, or asking a husband to come home early one night to help out so you can go walk around the block or get a break,” she said.

And while she cherishes every moment with her children, Diamond does appreciate her time away on business.

“The good thing is that [the trip] is very fast, and the truth is- don’t tell anyone – I’m happy to have just a bit of down time and alone time as a working mom,” she said.