Today marks 42 years since Sheila and Michael Kramer (publisher and business manager) of our magazine, said “I do.” In honor of their anniversary, I thought I’d write about what it’s like to work for my parents at the magazine. I’ve officially worked for them since 2006, and it’s the best job I could have ever asked for.
When people find out I work for my parents I get one of two responses.
People who know my parents say – “You are so lucky. I love your Mom and Dad.”
People who don’t know my parents say – “I could never work with my parents. How do you do it?”
Here are the top five fun things I’ve enjoyed while working with my parents.
#1 I get super-extended maternity leaves. Every time I tell my parents I’m having another baby, my parents are thrilled, until they realize that means I’ll be out of the office for 1 to 2 years. Luckily for me, there’s always a job waiting. The staff they’ve hired over the years has become like family. Mom and Dad have nothing to worry about now, though. I’m done having kids!
#2 My kids are their priority too. When my kids are sick or have an event at school, I don’t have to ask my boss for permission to go. My mom wants me to be there with them. I’m incredibly lucky to have that flexibility and I’m thankful for it every day.
#3 The job description. I’m often asked what my job is at the magazine. It’s hard for me to answer because I do a little bit of everything: writing, photography, office work. When your Mom is your boss that includes returning items she bought online and doesn’t want to keep. It also includes iPhone and Facebook support. Usually I just tell people that I do whatever Sheila tells me to do.
#4- The food. If I don’t pack a lunch, my Mom wants to make sure I’ve eaten. She always makes sure to feed my Dad and me. This was especially important to her when I was pregnant. I don’t recall previous bosses asking me if there was enough protein in my salad.
#5 The magazine itself. I’m incredibly lucky that my family’s business is such a fun one. I’ve watched them grow this magazine from a 24-page baby to the full-sized, beautiful publication it has become AND add two sister publications into the mix. Our magazines are an integral part of the community and I look forward to continuing to be a part of it for years to come.
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