Beth Schillaci is founder of VillageWorks, author of Your Social Media Roadmap, a blogger, mom and wife.

Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood? 

I have learned to let the idea of perfection go. I use to drive myself crazy trying to live up to this image I had created in my mind of what it meant to be the perfect mom and perfect business owner. Once I decided to define what I was going to consider successful, I felt a lot less stress. I’ve also learned that it is paramount to be flexible when balancing a career and motherhood. You never know when a sick child may turn your schedule upside down.

Is there one particular parenting lesson you’ve learned about raising kids?

Allowing my daughter to find her own path. I never took a day of dance in my life, but Little J has been dancing since she was 2, and it is one of her true passions. Sure, I would love her to be involved in sports like I was growing up, but I have learned to love being a dance mom and now know the difference between a tap and jazz shoe.

Battling stress? Any advice?

Stress? What stress? I admit, this is definitely something I struggle with. I would love to be one of those people that goes out for a jog when I get stressed, but usually I raid the fridge or the pantry. I usually get stressed when feeling overwhelmed and that is when I find getting everything onto paper and creating lists really helps.

Tools or products you can’t live without?  

Sad to say, but I really couldn’t live without my iPhone. I mean I could live, but not as well as I do now. Having the freedom to field business calls and email while out of the office is something I couldn’t survive without. I love taking a phone call with an important client while at the park.

While not a tool or product, I really couldn’t make it all work without my husband and friends who are always there to lend a hand when a meeting goes too long to get to the bus stop on time or any other scheduling snafu that is part of my life.

Favorite resources, books, or website?

I find when I am looking for information or feedback, I almost always go to my social networks first. It really has become something I cannot live without.

Anything big on the horizon for you?

The thing I’m most excited about right now is a company we’ve started as a family. Little J is a huge fan of the TV show Shark Tank and after watching it one Friday night decided she wanted to own a business just like mom. Who am I to say no? After some discussion and research, Little J has decided upon a soap business that she has named SoapPrizes, due to the fact that there are toys embedded in most of the soaps. It’s really great to see her get excited about developing product ideas, choosing a logo, etc. The added bonus is the extra math lessons.

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