This week I am starting a new series on advice from working mothers.  I figure, who better to learn from then the women who have gone before us or are working in the trenches with us every day?

Our first featured working mom is: Iron Chef Cat Cora

Cora has authored three cookbooks, serves as the executive chef of Bon Appetit, is owner of a restaurant at Disney World and is in the process of opening up a new eatery in San Francisco. She has four boys and travels approximately 200 days out of the year.  Her mantra?  “Go big or go home!”

She tells Working Mother Magazine

Advice to other working moms:

“Remember that you’re setting a great example for your kids. It can seem like you never have enough time for your family and friends-and that you always have guilt- but we’re all in it together. And our kids are better off for it. Make sure you take at least 20 minutes to be with your family at dinner. It’s sacred time.”

On guilt:

“My kids don’t always want me to go away, but they understand it. I explain in a kid-friendly way that I’m traveling so we can pay for our house and toys and so they can go to camp. I communicate with them, but I still have guilt. I try to focus on the positive, like the fact that I’m setting an example of being out there, following your dreams, being a good citizen. I know in my heart I’m doing the right thing for our family. And I know that I am where I am today because of the role model my mom was.”

Connect with Cat:
Facebook: Cat Cora
Twitter: @catcora

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