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Hi my name is Dr. Marian C Fritzemeier and I'm an education and child development specialist. I've accumulated many years speaking, writing, consulting and teaching both in the classroom and for parenting audiences. I believe the parenting process can be a fantastic and overwhelmingly fun journey with the right plan in mind. Need some help with that plan? Then you've come to the right place.
Ever been at a social gathering and someone inquires,
"Do you work?"
My gut reaction is, Of
course I work. Doesn't every mom work? But I also know the inquirer really
wants to know if I hold an important job that requires a college education and offers
social status. Another variation is, "Where do you work?" In other
words, do you work for a prestigious company and make six figures?
Medical forms also request work information. When I was a
young mother I'd respond, "I don't work." But I didn't like how it
sounded. It felt like I was less than someone else, less important than a
mother who holds a paying job outside the home. My husband and I made the
choice for me to be the primary caretaker of our children. So why was I feeling
so down when I was doing the most important job at that time?
When our girls entered school, I finally arrived at a
creative answer that I felt proud to share. "I'm the Vice-President of the
Fritzemeier Foundation." When someone requests my work phone, I simply repeat
my home number.
One day at medical appointment, the doctor inquired,
"What's the Fritzemeier Foundation? It sounds important."
"You're right. I'm impacting the entire next generation
by training young people to live independently, develop job proficiency, demonstrate
leadership skills, participate in civic responsibilities, and become life-long
"Sound interesting," he nods.
"It's pretty remarkable. No two days are ever the same.
It keeps me on my toes."