Working Mom Appreciation Day Highlight: Cynthia Parsons
Cynthia became a single foster mom when she was 24 years old to a 4 year old and a 2 year old while working as a full-time Case Manager for individuals with substance abuse issues. She adopted her children when they were 4 and 6 and continued to work full-time, attended graduate school and completed her Master’s Degree to become an Addiction’s Therapist. She married her husband Jonathan in 2008.
When Cynthia adopted her children, she knew there was a possibility that they could have medical issues due to their circumstances. She explained, “My son Anthony has 3 different types of seizure disorders, moderate intellectual disability and issues with his liver due to the amount of medicine he is on. I remember spending days and weeks in the Pediatric Unit at Women and Children’s Hospital with a laptop and cell phone working while Anthony received treatment and thinking, ‘How am I going to raise two children?’ As a mother, you find time and you find a way to make it work and to balance life.
Kinsington, Cynthia’s daughter, is now 16 years old and Anthony is now 14.
“The biggest challenge of being a working mom is not feeling guilty when you have work commitments that make it difficult to attend all of the events or activities my kids may have like an afternoon school program, etc.”
Cynthia is proud to be a working mom because she is setting an example for her children. “I feel like I am showing my daughter that you can have a family and a career that you love at the same time,” she said.
Cynthia’s daughter said, “I’m so proud of how hard my mom works and how much she gives for our family. She has now idea how much I look up to her, but she is an inspiration!
If Cynthia had advice to give other mothers, it would be to communicate, stay organized and use your calendar. She said, “It is important to make sure everyone is on the same page, knows the plan and knows where everyone needs to be.”
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