This is How One Astoria Mom Helps Empower Working Moms
Andrea Abraham, the Queens mom behind @astoriainheels, on balancing a career with motherhood, parenting in a pandemic, and why she loves Astoria.
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What do you love most about Astoria, Queens?
I love it because it is still a family-based neighborhood. The families that are here have been here for years and they have watched Astoria grow. I love how diverse it remains and you can always find various cultural events to attend in the warmer months. The food in Queens is amazing with every different kind of cuisine you can imagine. Also, you get more space for your buck!
What’s the best parenting advice you ever received?
I have never been a morning person so the best parenting advice I ever received was to train my kids to sleep in. I got them to fall back asleep when they would wake up too early in the morning. Now they do not wake up until after 8am or even 9am sometimes. We never have to worry about waking up and starting our day on the weekends at 5am!
Which famous parent would you like to have dinner with and why?
I would like to have dinner with Michelle Obama. She raised two young girls of color in the spotlight of the world and I would like to know how she managed doing it. I want to know her take on how to raise young women to be on the right path and grounded.
How did you get involved in blogging about parenting?
I originally began blogging about fashion but as my life evolved, so did my blog. I realized how important it was for me to share my experiences as a working mom and what I learned along the way. Being a mom who felt passionate about her career as well guided me to help other moms deal with both career and parenting.
What do you think is a parent’s hardest job?
I believe the hardest job as a parent is finding the right balance of trying to protect your children while allowing them to be the person they are meant to be. I know I cannot shelter them from everything, and they have to go out there and learn things for themselves. It’s hard for me to learn to step back and let them grow on their own.