A funny twist of events happened last week. Really. It all started with a conversation on Twitter regarding the term ‘Mompreneur’…..sort of a ‘like it or hate it’ type chat. Opinions varied widely among all those involved, and you know what? I declared that I don’t mind ‘Mompreneur.’
At the same time as this Twitter-conversation was happening, Meghan Casserly’s (Forbes) post on the exact subject caught my eye. Hmmmmm….maybe cosmic destiny? The title of Casserly’s post says it all: ‘Mompreneur: Own It, Ignore It, or Prove It Wrong’. Casserly lays out various sides of the argument perfectly. Could it be that moms are not taken seriously when identifying with the bubbly moniker of ‘Mompreneur’? Should ‘Moms in Business who happen to also have Children’ and ‘Mompreneurs’ set aside the cat fight because invariably they are both happy (isn’t that the goal – happy, engaged women)?
Back to Twitter, where the chatter was leaning towards ditch the term ‘Mompreneur’ because it is too cutesy, demoralizing, and only about a mom-related (diapers? burp cloths?) business run by a mom. The comments on Forbes reflected another side of the discussion with several women & moms defending the term, ‘Mompreneur.’
The fact still remains that I do not mind being called a ‘Mompreneur.’ Since I could not answer why in a tweet, the idea of writing a post seemed more fitting. My fellow tweetees involved in the chat cheered me on to do just that! As with any great debate, there are always a minimum of 2 sides. I am sure this argument can and will be challenged from many angles. Just remember that this is MY feeling on ‘Mompreneur.’
The bottom line as to why I am not bothered by being called a ‘Mompreneur’ is that I am in the business of being a MOM. Yes, I am a MOM. My position at MOM, Inc. is a 24/7 gig. I am on call, available, and could be called to duty 365 days a year.
Yes, I have a Husband. Yes, my children have a Dad. My husband is even an entrepreneur, and, no, we do not refer to him as a Dadpreneur.
So, why do I still think that ‘Mompreneur’ is A-OK? Let’s see – I can be up all night with a sick child, and still run my business affairs with the same child burning up next to me. I bite my nails when I am on a conference call and I see sleepover camp calling (with a kid obviously in the infirmary), but I finish the call in a professional way before hyperventilating. I conduct most of my afternoon business calls from the carpool line and outside the basketball gym. I find peanut butter on everything I own, and I smile every time!
The point of all this….I work super hard at being both a MOM and at my business while juggling a great deal. ‘Mompreneur’ shouts that I do it all.
I am MOM. I walked around BIG and prego for 9 months twice. I wiped countless tushies. I have been snotted on, thrown up on, and the victim of temper tantrums in the mall. I check to see if my boys are breathing every night before I go to sleep, and I always take a deep inhale of their tween smell. When the boys are sick, I nurse them back to health. When homework help is required, I jump into action. When a bruised ego is hurt, I comfort. When a birthday needs celebrated, I bake (buy) a cake.
Don’t misunderstand my husband LOVES our boys and vice-versa (and he ate pretty well for 9 months twice too), but I am in the business of being a MOM and an entrepreneur.
I own the cutesy moniker ‘Mompreneur’ because even though I always want to be taken seriously in business, my job involves being a MOM. I prove to myself every day that I can do BOTH – the MOM role and the start-up role. I think that I should be recognized for both positions – being a MOM and a business woman because simply said – that is what I am.
What’s your take? ‘Love it, Hate it or Ambivalent?’ Rachel