The 3 Biggest Lessons Creating ‘Sesame Street Live’ Taught Me About Being a Working Mom

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Sesame Street has been broadcast into homes across the nation for almost 50 years—my childhood home and the home I now share with my husband and two children included. To watch an episode means you’re invited to use your imagination, open your mind and explore the world around you in the most fascinating ways.

Growing up with a family legacy in live entertainment, these principles were echoed throughout my childhood and ultimately shaped my working life, now as executive vice president and producer at Feld Entertainment Inc. (where I produce Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic), as well as my home life as a mother and wife.

In today’s world of parenting, there seems to be an unspoken rule that to be present at home you must “punch out” from work. However, who I am as a parent, and who I am as a producer, is woven into my identity. Of course, the balancing act of parenting and being an executive isn’t easy. There’s still an underlying challenge to provide my kids with the tools they need to become kind and independent adults, as well as the challenge to lead a global company into its next successful venture. But I’ve learned I can’t separate the two identities—and it’s actually better for both.

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