Janice LiebermanProfession: Today Show consumer expert, Contributing editor Readers Digest, blogger RD.com, author: "How to Shop for a Husband: A Consumer Guide to Getting a Great Buy On a Guy".
Web Site(s): www.janicelieberman.com
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Steven Gerber
Residence: Tenafly, NJ
David, age 6; Judah, age 1
Q: Why did you decide to become a mom later in life? What factors precipitated this decision (or dictated it)?
A: I had a great professional life and found myself without a husband or children. It seemed like I had been trying to attain all that but wasn't going about it the right way. I quickly got engaged, married and went for help trying to conceive.Q: What do you love about your career? What is most challenging about your work? How long are you doing it? Where do you see yourself heading? What prompted you to write a book, and why the particular subject you chose? What is the primary message of the book? What is your next book project (if you have one), and when is it being published? Any special tv projects coming up?
I love meeting interesting people all the time and telling their stories. I love protecting the consumer and alerting them to any dangers or rip offs that may be on the horizon. I love that every day is different and that I work with energetic, bright people. I thought that since I had it so hard finding the right mate and starting a family that I should write a guide for all women who want to get married. I decided to combine what I know about shopping and consumer laws and dating to come up with some no nonsense tips about dating. I hope the book prompts women to start seeing what really matters so they can "close the deal." I plan to continue promoting the book through talks, signings and TV appearances. I continue to be the consumer expert for the Today Show.Q: What have you experienced through motherhood that has also helped you in your work or personal life?
A: I know I really have to budget my time and work efficiently. I want to grab every kiss, every memory that I can with my two sons. My personal life has shifted a bit to include parents of the kids my kids are friends with. It is a struggle sometimes to keep up the professional contacts as time seems so limited and precious.Q: What is a typical day for you like, managing both work and home life? Do you do any work from home? If so, how do you find that? How much time do you spend daily writing or preparing for television appearances? Have you worked more or less since you became a mom? Do you travel a lot, and do you take your family? What does your child/children think of your work?
A: I work from home most of the time. I go to the studio to track my voice on pieces and of course to be on the show. If I have to shoot on assignment, I leave from my home and meet the producer at the location. I try to travel locally. If I need to fly, I try to come back the same day if possible. I not only have been working straight through my pregnancy but took only two weeks off before appearing again on the Today Show. I used to take my son with me on longer trips. It is getting harder as he is now in school. My older son seems proud of what I do, telling his friends I have a book out and am on TV. At times, though, he cries not wanting me to leave in the morning. My husband is amazing. He will come home early on the day I am away and plan special things to do with my son. My babysitter is also incredible and will take my baby home with her to sleep over. I have an incredible support system. My mother and stepdad will also fill in whenever I need extra help and will make dinners and do the shopping if needed.Q: How do you think being a later in life mom has affected your experiences as a parent (share both good & not so good)? Has anything about being a mom surprised you? What do you most try to teach your child? What influence has your own mom had in your life and in your parenting?
A: The hard thing is we are older than most of the parents. Our friends have kids going to college now, and we have one not yet in pre-school! But we appreciate every moment with our little ones maybe more than I would have years ago. I also feel I have reached many professional goals and that the children are an addition not a distraction. I wish I had more physical energy at times, but I know I have more patience than I would have had. My mother was basically a single mother and a college professor. I knew that you could have it all and strived for the career and the family. My mother is a great role model she taught me that I could accomplish whatever I set out to do. I try to instill that in my sons. I try to give them confidence and support but to also be a good person.Q: Where do you or did you turn for support as a mom? Your mom? Do you have a support network and community? Others in the entertainment field? How important do you think it is to connect with mom peers? Do you find social networking sites of value? Do you consider yourself a role model for other later moms or aspiring later moms?
A: I turn to my mom who helps out ...always and to my sister who has young children too. My children's friends parents are invaluable. There are a few that would do anything for me, as I would for them. Never a question about feeding, picking up, entertaining my children whenever needed. It is so important to develop a network of people who really become "family" to you. I feel so blessed to have them. And my babysitter who has also become a surrogate parent to my boys. I hope to be a role model. I hope that older women will try to have children any way they can. Through scientific advances or adoption. There is nothing more important to me than my family. They are a gift..a gift I almost missed out on having.Q: What words of wisdom would you most like to share with others contemplating becoming a mom later in life? If you have one child at this point, do you envision having more?
A: I hope that women will not give up on their dream of having children. Until you have one, you have no idea of how you can love someone that much that it hurts..that you look at that face and cry and thank the heavens for them. No job can compete with the love for a child.Q: When you became a mom, did your own mother share any particular sentiments or advice that really resonated? Or do you recall anything from your own upbringing that really stuck with you and you’d like to pass on to your child/children?
A: My mother truly gave us the confidence to follow our dreams. She also made sure that we were good people and that we would give back and welcome others into our lives as family. My mother was an only child and her friends became her family. I have friends now that really are family . I hope that my sons will also have welcoming homes.
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