Every working mother can attest to the fact that motherhood and working at the same time isn’t easy, so Erica Campbell, a Gospel singer and a proud mother herself, has three tips on how to balance a busy career with motherhood.
Erica Campbell is famous as one-half of the award-winning Gospel duo Mary Mary with her sister Tina Campbell. She is also a successful solo artist, a reality television star, a radio host, an author, and a mother to three kids: 15-year-old Krista, 10-year-old Warryn Campbell III, and 8-year-old Zaya Campbell, who she shares with her husband Warryn Campbell.
For her first tip on how to balance an extensive career with parenthood, Erica Campbell says: “I don’t wear all those hats at the same time. Sometimes I am just a wife. Sometimes I am just a mom. I don’t feel guilty when I can’t do everything for everybody and that is very liberating. I have learned when to say yes and when to say no.”
As one can imagine, Erica Campbell has quite a busy schedule, but her second piece of advice notes that it is always important for mothers to unwind every chance they get. “Unwinding for me means being with my family,” says Campbell. “I’m home making tacos with my kids.”
Now some working mothers often feel like they have to decide between motherhood and their careers, and Erica Campbell’s third tip is for mothers to give their families the same energy and professionalism as they do for their careers. “I try to make sure that the same level of excellence and professionalism that I give to my career; that I am also giving my husband and children that same energy. I don’t want them to get tired, worn-out,” explains Campbell. “Does it make me worn out sometimes? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Yes.”