Every once in a while two different parts of my blogging life will come together. This was the case when my editors asked if I would be interested in interviewing ESPN on-air reporter Heather Cox.
Of course I wanted to interview Heather. Being down on the field during a football game is on my life list, and she gets to do that every week! I could talk about football all day long. Often I do. Now I had a chance to get on the phone with a woman who has inside information. Heather actually said to me, “I am so sorry, Sarah. I have to go. I have a call with the coach from Georgia.” I was all, “Don’t apologize for blowing me off for Mark Richt!” Because, seriously? How awesome is it that she has phone calls with head coaches?
Here’s the thing. When I got on the phone with Heather, as much as we started off talking about her career and how she balances it with her family, we ended up spending 30 minutes just talking about our kids. She has a fascinating job and I was supposed to be interviewing her and instead we talked about soccer games and Brownies and shopping at Justice. Heather Cox is somebody I see on television almost every Saturday and I felt like I was talking to the mom sitting next to me at the PTA potluck dinner.
Except it didn’t smell weird.
So, yes, we did get distracted, but Heather still had some great advice about balancing a high profile and travel heavy career with raising young children.
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How are sports like parenting? 1 of 5Time management and multitasking are important in both sports and parenting, Heather said.
How has being a mom changed how you see the game? 2 of 5Since becoming a parent Heather says that she has become more protective of the athletes. She sees the game from more of parents perspective and she thinks about the parents watching the game at home when she is reporting on an injury.
How do you fit in plays, soccer games, parent/teacher conferences? 3 of 5Heather works almost every Saturday and so she can almost never make her daughter's soccer games but she makes up for it by going to every single practice and giving the practice her full attention when she is there. Heather also says that her kids' teachers have been very understanding and flexible with things like parent/teacher conferences.
How do you balance your unique schedule with family? 4 of 5Heather and her husband both work out of the home during the week, and and after 15 years of working in sports broadcasting it has become normal for them. Having an involved an supportive husband makes a huge difference, she says.
How has your fast-paced job prepared you for the unpredictable nature of parenting? 5 of 5"In live sports, nothing is scripted," says Heather. In both live broadcasting and parenting she tries to be as prepared as possible and take the rest as it comes.
Don’t let the haters tell you differently. Moms can have it all. Heather Cox is proof.
All photos courtesy of Heather Cox and ESPN.
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