Name: “Lisa Lee” Arneaud
Children & Ages: Alyssa (12), Tristan (10), Chance (21 months)
Hometown/Current Location: Miami Gardens/Pembroke Pines
Quick Bio: Always on the Go sums this Mom up. I have always been likened to the Energizer Bunny who wears a Colgate Smile. My days are always packed with a million and one things to do and somehow they get done. I like to tell other moms that my secret is wine at night and coffee in the morning. The wine is to put me down and the coffee is to get me up. I juggle a full-time job, freelance work, 2 active and busy kids who need constant chauffeuring to and from school, dance class, basketball/baseball practice, friends’ house and of course a rambunctious 1 1/2 year old who is trying to figure out where he fits in all of this. Oh yeah let’s not forget in all of that I TRY to keep the house clean, stay in shape and keep my self attractive (it’s work) and find time to enjoy some romance with my husband of 13 years. Like many working mothers, my career path has been altered. My dreams deferred. I know the meaning of sacrifice. I have sacrificed my body and career for my family with no regrets.
Q: How do you balance being a Mommy and keeping your sense of self?
A: I make sure that I look like myself! Meaning that I keep my weight at where I like it be and make sure I make it to the gym, which helps keep me sane. I keep my hair styled ( does a ponytail count?) and nails polished. Gotta stay cute for the hubby! I also show my kids who I am – like when I make then jam out to Michael Jackson and Bob Marley with me, even if they don’t want to (I know they will appreciate it one day). I don’t hide who I am with my kids, if I am having a bad day, I let them know. I try to be real with them. I show them my goals and teach then how I plan to achieve them.
Q: What is your favorite piece of advice to new Moms?
A: Don’t lose YOUR identity while being a Mother. It’s inevitable that you will change, but your core will remain the same. Learn to adapt but not forget what makes you happy. Do not become too accommodating to your children at the risk of you getting the short end of the stick. Kids should not always have it their way. I know it’s hard not to give in but it will bite us in the butt later in life if we train them the wrong way. Also remember if mommy isn’t happy, then no one else will be. You are the glue in the family and set the tone of the home.
Q: How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?
A: I am that mother who will drag her kids to the gym. I tell them that in a family, we all do things for one another, so the same way I sit down and wait for you at dance/basketball, is the same way you will wait for me while I work out.
Q: What’s your most memorable Mommy moment to date?
A: It’s the simple things like the big smile on their faces and huge hug they give you when you pick them up from school.
Q: As a Mommy what is it that you feel you do “right”?
A: I think I do the communication thing “right”. I am very open and honest with my children. If they ask me if they are getting a shot at the doctor’s office I will tell then “yes”. If they ask if the shot will hurt, I will say “it might, it depends on your tolerance because everyone is different”. I truly try to be an open book because I know that as they get older we will all benefit from this type of relationship. Early on as parents, my husband and I took a parenting course at our church. We read the book The 5 Love Language of Children by Drs. Gray Chapman and Ross Campbell. The book taught us how to understand how each child is different in receiving and feeling loved. So with this knowledge and understanding we try our best to make sure that we fill our children’s “love tank” daily.
Q: Describe your “Haute Mom” (fashion) style!
A: I am such a jeans and top kinda girl. I am not a fashionista, however, I do try to stay on top of trends and most importantly try to look good for myself and the hubby. I love when people say to me “Wow, you have three kids?” I like to buy stylish sneakers, and of course here in Florida, flip flops and sandals are a staple to every lady’s wardrobe. However, when I am working I love to wear pencil skirts, and heels are always a must!