Smarties, do I have a treat for you today! I am happy to introduce you to my friend, Sheri Lynch! Oh silly me, you probably “know” her already from her popular syndicated morning show on WLNK 107.9, The Bob and Sheri Show, where she openly share her quirks and personal life with listeners.
When I asked Sheri if she would be spotlighted as a Smarty Mom, her response was, “Sounds Fun!” After reading her smarty answers I now think, Sheri was either being sarcastic with the “sounds fun” because she is sooooo busy, or she is a good person/friend. She is a good person, and may have had some sarcasm in her answer to me about this opportunity to blog “sounding fun”, but all in all she is someone that finds fun in all that she does. Her daughters are super sweet girls that are as funny as any sitcom running.
Think you’re a busy mom juggling many hats? Read on and see how this dynamic lady makes it all work, one way or another, without putting on any fronts that life is perfect all the time or any of the time!
Sheri’s Smarty Mom Stats
Mom of: Two precious girls
Married to: The laundry. Sure we have our ups and downs, but I know it’ll always be there waiting for me at the end of a long day.
Years in Charlotte: 22
Occupation: Radio personality & full-time grad student
Alma mater: Temple University
Smarties, let’s get to know Sheri Lynch!
What surprised you most about becoming a mom?
First, how much laughter is involved. Second, that my pre-motherhood definition of “busy” was a complete joke. Third, that eating and sleeping (and even thinking clearly) are way more expandable than I once imagined.
What advice would you give to brand new moms returning to the office?
I struggled with this and I hesitate to offer advice. Depending on your workplace, returning from maternity leave can be a political and emotional minefield. There’s the whole “has she lost her edge and focus?” subtext to contend with. You might be trying to manage the logistics of pumping and storing breastmilk. There may be feelings of grief at leaving your baby with a care-giver and/or feelings of relief at escaping the house into the world of non-crying, non-colicky adults. It’s an intensely personal and complicated transition. What worked for me: remembering that people generally mean well, and hiding a onesie in my bag so that I could have as many surreptitious hits of that precious baby smell as I wanted.
How did you get into radio?
Long story short, I was working in TV as a producer, and met Bob on a shoot. We just absolutely hit it off. He asked me to join him on the air. Management balked. But after a period of threats, scheming and back room negotiations, he pulled it off. And here we are.
Alarm goes off at 4:10am. Hit the snooze and fantasize about winning the lottery. Up at 4:30. Shower, dress, either load or unload the dishwasher, or the washer or the dryer. One of them is always full. Eat breakfast while surfing news online.
6am-10am: Co-host Bob & Sheri on WLNK 107.9 The Link. We’re syndicated into 50 or so other markets around the country as well. When the show ends, we do production (commercials and promos, etc.) or meetings. Stuff like that.
Noon: Eat lunch while doing homework, and then two afternoons per week, head to Winthrop University for classes. I’m working on a Master’s in Social Work. This semester, I’m in an internship program. So that’s where I head the other three days a week.
5-6pm: If I’m not in class, I cook dinner, help my girls with homework, drive them to their activities, do laundry, clean house, scoop cat boxes, etc., etc., etc. And of course, I get to have a little much-needed wine time!! If I am in class, I do all of the above (minus dinner & activities) when I get home at 8:30.
9-10pm: Prep show for next day. Attempt homework. Collapse into bed. Fall asleep before my head hits the pillow.
Funniest thing your girls have ever said?
My girls are hilarious little creatures. I could never choose just one!
Something most people don’t know about you?
I’m weirdly shy.
Finish this sentence: I could not live without my…
…Books! I love, love, love to read.
Biggest challenge you face as a working mom and how do you overcome?
Scheduling logistics. I have to earn a living. And yet my family needs are my first priority. Making it all work smoothly is a huge challenge. I couldn’t do it without help. I have my niece, who takes care of my girls in the mornings, and my partner Kevin who rides to our rescue more often than any movie cowboy ever had to. Add to that a tight circle of loving, helpful friends and sitters, and somehow, it all gets done. But it ain’t always pretty. That’s for sure.
What do you do when not working or family obligations?
Porch. Iced tea. Book. Bliss.
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