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057: The Mummy Professor: Gaining Knowledge and ‘Winging It’ | Alexis ‘Lekki’ Frazier-Wood

No study is perfect

[Lekki Frazier-Wood]

It will comfort you to know, that having a PhD in Child Development doesn’t necessarily mean you feel like an expert when it comes to raising your own children. The decisions and choices you make for your children are just as tough, with or without prior knowledge.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing what it’s like for an English woman to raise children in America; how traditional roles can be turned on their heads; and how a career researching child development can influence parenting techniques. 

My guest today is SuperMum, Lekki Frazier-Wood.

Originally from London, Lekki started her career as a Social Scientist specialising in child development, and has spent 8 years living in Alabama and Texas. English-born Lekki now lives in Houston with her American husband Wes, 4 year old son and daughter of 15 months. She’s a Professor of Paediatrics, studying childhood nutrition at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

Before meeting her husband, it never crossed Lekki’s mind that she would marry an American or have children anywhere other than England. And having kids in a foreign land has challenged her thinking about the norms of the Southern ‘Bible Belt’ and now views parenting practises from a fresh perspective. 

Lekki offers us a glimpse into her professional and personal world, including insights into her academic study of childhood nutrition, as well as her personal views on feeling confident whilst navigating the parenting maze.

I’m excited to welcome Lekki to my show today where she will assure you that no matter what your style of parenting, loving your children means you’re already doing an amazing job.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • Lekki’s career story that led her across the Atlantic to Alabama and into the arms of her future husband
  • How Lekki and her husband reversed traditional roles when they first had children, and the affect it had on them
  • Why Lekki made the decision, even before she was pregnant, to commit to her career and return to work as soon as possible
  • How parenting in the United States is ‘unbelievably different’ to parenting in the UK
  • What left Lekki with her jaw open and her eyes wide saying ‘Oh my goodness, what have I done’
  • Which country is more reflective, more self-judgemental, and more heated about the styles of parenting
  • Why ‘winging it’ sometimes beats reading parenting books
  • Some shared knowledge about the nutritional study of children that she is currently undertaking

 

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Lekki, whether it’s about her research in child development or your own thoughts on raising children as an ex-pat, then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you raising children in circumstances you didn’t previously consider? Do you use your intuition when parenting or do you prefer to do it ‘by the book’?

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BUZZ FEED: Social News and Entertainment

COMPUTER GAME: Slither.io

ONLINE MARKETPLACE: Etsy

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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PSSST, IS IT JUST ME?: Thanks to Lekki’s son Sam age 4 from Houston, Texas

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053: Navigating the Complexities of Your Clan and Your Career | Fay Wallis

Our strengths come so naturally to us that usually we dismiss them

[Fay Wallis]

Life isn’t always straightforward. Blended families are now common-place. Women have careers to juggle as well as the kids. There’s so much to think about and so much to juggle that it’s hard to know what to focus on first. 

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing blended families, forging a career you love and how to stay on top of work and home.

My guest today is SuperMum, Fay Wallis.

Fay lives in Greater London, with her husband, Ian and their sons who are 10 and 5 years. Fay’s blended family is a labyrinth, spanning two generations. Her parents having been married 4 times, she has two half siblings, two full siblings and 2 step siblings. This helped Fay to negotiate the logistics of parenting children with vast age ranges and different needs. For when she married Ian, he too had children from his first marriage, and she became a step-mother herself.

Whilst juggling the logistics of organising Sunday lunches and enough birthday and Christmas presents to serve a small army, Fay forged a successful career in HR. She later trained to become a Career Coach, helping people to access the tools to empower themselves to lead a fulfilling working life.

Fay will help us navigate the maze of returning to work, changing career and spending quality time with family, all whilst finding enough time to look after herself too.

I am excited to welcome Fay to my show today where she will tell us all about her busy life and empower you to live the career and home lives you deserve.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Fay balances a busy schedule of family events whilst running her own business
  • Fay’s advice for re-entering the work place after a career break
  • How to make your network work for you both, personally and professionally
  • Fitting quality time in with all family members when they are at different stages with different needs
  • Time management in your career without being thought of as ‘slacking’
  • What inspired Fay to launch her own business
  • Managing your employers and colleagues expectations

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Fay, whether it’s about the practicalities of blending many branches and generations of family; or how to handle a return to work and have a rewarding career, then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you from a blended family? How do you manage your career and family?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

FAY’S INFORMATION

ARTICLE’S BY FAY:

NETWORKING GROUPS

PREVIOUS EPISODES

PROFILE: Laura Stack 

BOOKS:

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done by Brian Tracy

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action by Susan Jeffers

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME?: Thanks to Dylan age 7 from London, UK

If you would like your little one to feature at the end of my show, send me an email and I’ll show you how

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Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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