Q. What do you want people to remember you for? I hope that people remember the stories that I’ve written and told whether in speaking engagements, essays, article or in my books. I hope they have made and will continue to make connections to me and the people that I write about. I hope they have and will continue to learn from my writing and perhaps laugh and cry a bit as they make these connections along the way. The most rewarding part about my job as a writer is when I hear from readers who have done just these things, made a connection, learned, laughed and cried through my stories.
Q. How can today’s busy working moms find and hire the perfect nanny? There is no such thing as the perfect nanny. I learned this through my own experience and through interviewing working moms all over the country for this new book. One of the keys to finding and then holding on to a right fit nanny for you and your family is taking a step back and thinking about what works best for your family and your situation. Think about whether you want/need a nanny to live in or to live out, whether you are looking for a nanny full time or part time, whether you are looking for a younger nanny or an older and perhaps more experienced nanny. Think about how much control you want over the day to decisions in your household and how much control you want to give to your nanny. Think about the personality of your children and what kind of person they respond to. Once you think you have found the right fit nanny, communication is key. Keep those lines of communication open on both sides. And be prepared to let go of some of that control, be able to go with the flow and never lose your sense of humor. Otherwise you’d go crazy. You can do it. I know you can!
A marketing professional, Lesser has experience working with nonprofit organizations and schools. She had also worked on the business side of Time Inc. as well as on the launch of Real Simple. With a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Lesser is the author of two other books: Shopping for Love and My Name is Rebecca Romm Named after My Mother’s Mom.
A blogger for the Huffington Post, her work has been featured on Glamour.com, AND Magazine, Me