Working Mom Appreciation Day Feature: WV FREE Executive Director, Margaret Chapman Pomponio
Margaret is the Executive Director at WV FREE and is the proud mommy of twins, Wendell and Sylvie who are 9 months old. She also has two stepkids, Holden who is 14 and Elena, 17.
When asked about the biggest challenge of being a working mom, Margaret said, “I feel like I’m rushing from chore to chore and I am always hoping that my best is good enough – all with very, very little sleep!”
Being a working mom is certainly a challenge, especially with the limited amount of sleep moms get, but Margaret sees the bigger picture. She said, “There are so many amazing things about being a mom, but in particular, about being a working mom: Having these beautiful littles ones makes me want to fight harder for justice and I know that, through my work, I’m making the world a better place for them to grow up. I hope to set a good example for them so that they too will have a strong sense of compassion and fairness and a commitment to civic engagement.”
Her husband, Bren, said, “I am so proud of all of Margaret’s tireless work to make this State a better place for mothers, pregnant women and our twins.”
Margaret’s advice for other moms who work is to know that you are doing the best you can and don’t judge yourself according to someone else’s expectations. Be gentle with yourself and try not to worry too much.
A very unique part of Margaret’s working mom story is that she has been able to breastfeed twins who were born premature. She explained, “My husband, the twins and I worked really hard from day 1 to overcome a lot of obstacles. It was and is a team effort. Juggling nursing with working full-time has been no easy task. I’m proud of my determination and so grateful for my great support networks – friends, family and work. Without any doubt, it really does take a village! And as a stepmom, I am thrilled to just be a part of Holden and Elena’s lives. I’ve always known they are special, but now they are turning into amazing young adults who never cease to impress me.”
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