New Hampshire- We just love WMUR News Anchor Jennifer Vaughn! She’s been at the New Hampshire station since 1997 and is currently the 6pm anchor. In our “5 Question” column, Vaughn reveals to TV News Mom how she is able to balance motherhood, a career, and shares details on her new book.
1. How do you juggle motherhood and a career?
The best I can! But you’re 100% right, it is a juggling act. Television news doesn’t always provide a standard 9-5 lifestyle, but in my case, that’s been perfect. I show up for work around 1:30, which gives me the morning with the kids, some time to run to the gym, write, clean, grocery shop, make dinner, or work on house projects. I love being home for a good part of the day, and not having to rush out in the early mornings. No matter what though, the bottom line with my husband Brad and I has always been that the kids come first. I admit that getting to evening school or sports events is a mad dash, but I do my absolute best not to miss a thing they do.
Don’t think you have to do it this way, or that way, find your own way! Everyone has the image of the perfect family, husband sitting down to a perfectly cooked meal, wife smiling lovingly as he carves the turkey, children sitting peacefully by waiting for their squash and mashed potatoes, well–forget it! Be okay with a frozen dinner from time to time, or not getting in the shower that day, or forgetting to unload the dishwasher. Focus on your time with your kids, the happy moments, and the memories you’re building. The rest of it just doesn’t matter in the grand scheme.
We are creatures of habit. Even though I have these big ideas of traveling here, there and everywhere, we always end up in the same places! My kids are growing into fantastic skiers, so we hit the beautiful New Hampshire mountains as often as we can, because if you live here in the winter, you HAVE to embrace it, right? Our summer escape is, by default, the beautiful coast of Cape Cod. My most cherished days are spent on the white sand, breathing in salty air, and watching my kids climb wave after wave. This summer, we hit the Vineyard for the first time as a family and it made me deeply happy. Martha’s Vineyard has enchanted me since I was a child myself.
Last Flight Out is available in NH bookstores, in all ebook forms, and from my website, jvwrites.com. Contact me directly for a signed copy!