We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Tankersley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
We respect our kids – we respect their feelings, their perspectives, their likes and their dislikes. We also ensure that the respect we provide them is reciprocated – to us, their siblings, their teachers, their friends, their coaches and all those with whom they interact. I believe that the respect that we have and show our kids: • Helps to teach them to make good decisions and listen to their bodies – when they are tired, when they are hungry, and when they just need to play. • Allows us to not shy away from hard issues and address them head-on (in an age-appropriate manner). • Empowers us to admit when we have screwed up and apologize to them as needed. • Encourages them to discover their passions. • Enables them to listen attentively to others, such as their teachers & their coaches. Core to the respect that we provide to our kids, is that we afford ourselves this same respect. In a lot of ways, I have tried to lead by example and have made a conscious effort to share with the kids key pieces that help define me as an individual in their minds, and not just as their mom; whether that be from letting them know at breakfast that I had already gotten in a great early morning workout, that I had a really productive work meeting that day, to sharing that I planned on spending the evening with a few of my friends. I cannot teach my kids to respect me if I in fact do not respect myself and my needs as an individual.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have faced many challenges in my career, but nothing has been as challenging as managing an event company through a pandemic. Through these challenging times, we have tried to stay focused on ‘controlling the controllables’, and letting go of what we cannot control, which during a pandemic, is a lot! We have focused our time internally in ensuring our foundation is solid so that when the pandemic is behind us, we can emerge even stronger than before.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my husband, Jay, who has shared the responsibilities at home, encouraged me to take chances, allowed me the time to take care of myself and has always been there whatever comes our way. With three young kids and two full-time working parents, I would not be able to continue to nurture my career without a true partnership.
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