Working Mom Motivation with Jennifer Tomazic, WPXI

She’s awake, showered and put together before you even open your eyes in the morning.

Jennifer Tomazic anchors the Saturday and Sunday morning news on channel 11. From Monday-Wednesday, she’s on the air as early as 4:30 a.m. reporting in the field.

What you may not know, is Jennifer is a new mom. Her little boy, Zachary, is 6-months-old.

So how in the heck does she make it all work?

INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER TOMAZIC

AKA, TOTAL BOSS MOM 😉

Q: “TV news schedules can be crazy, so how do you make your early morning schedule work for your family?”

A: “I LOVE my schedule! I go in early so I can be with my family in the afternoon. I’m not sleeping much anyways these days so I don’t mind getting up at 1:15 a.m.! If it means I have more time with my little man and husband, I’m happy to do it!”

Q: “When you returned to work after having Zachary, did anything surprise you?”

A: “It was easier than I thought it would be. I think I was more ready to go back than I realized. My 3 month maternity leave was great, but it was hard. I enjoyed being able to use my talents at work and enjoy coming home to Zach and Jason even more now.”

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Jennifer’s son, Zachary

Q: “What has been the most challenging part of being a working mom?”

A: “Having something to do every second of the day. Between working, working out, playing with my baby, feeding, cleaning, getting stuff together for the next day, there’s not much extra time.”

Q: “What have you learned about yourself as a you juggle a career and family?”

A: “I’ve learned to be more flexible. I’m a pretty regimented person who loves schedules. That’s kinda hard having a baby and working a somewhat unpredictable career! I’ve learned to adapt to whatever is thrown at me.”

Q: “What advice would you give to women preparing to go back to work after maternity leave?”

A: “Don’t stress out like I did the weekend before going back. It’s scary and you don’t really know what to expect, but talk to your friends about what worked for them and you’ll be fine!”

Q: “Who or what do you credit for making it possible to balance this job and raising a family?”

A: “Family and friends! My husband, Jason, is amazing! When Zach gets up in the middle of the night, Jason is right there to try to comfort him. My parents and in-laws are so helpful and come up and spend time with us or babysit all the time. Friends like you, Kelly, have made this motherhood journey so much easier! Being able to ask anything has helped me more than you all will ever know!”

(anything you for, Jen!)

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Jennifer, her husband Jason, and their precious pumpkin!

Q: “How has motherhood changed you as a journalist?”

A: “I’ve always been an empathetic person but I am even more now. I understand the challenges of parenthood and know the love we have for our kids. I hope I’m able to convey that in my reporting and anchoring. Conversely, I appreciate my family even more now. My career unfortunately takes me to some sad places and it makes me thankful for my family’s blessings everyday.”

Q: “Do you ever feel ‘mom guilt’ and if so, how do you work through it?”

A: “I feel like I should do everything for Zach all the time. I’m getting better about not feeling bad asking for help.”

Q: “Just for sh*ts and giggles…what would people would be surprised to know about you?”

A: “I had an eyebrow ring in college at Ohio University! It helped me become more confident and not afraid to talk to people (which is important for my career!).”

Q: “Is there anything I’m not asking that you think is relevant to share about being a working mom?”

A: “Really enjoy every moment with your little ones. I look back at the days I got frustrated because Zach only wanted to nurse and sleep on my lap, and now I love these times. In fact, he just fell asleep on my lap now! I know crazy times are ahead so I’m enjoying the quiet, sweet love my baby gives.”
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