Kellyanne Conway Says Her Kids Come Before White House Job
Kellyanne Conway keeps it real about balancing a role in Trump's White House with being a mom of four.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This opinion piece was published in 2016 following the election of Donald Trump when Kellyanne Conway's children were ages 12, 12, 8, and 7. As of August 2020, Conway's daughter Claudia, now 15, has recently taken to social media to critique her parents' political stances and said that she is seeking emancipation from her parents. Conway joined the Trump White House in 2016 as an advisor but has resigned from the position to focus on her family.
Kellyanne Conway is the first female campaign manager to ever lead a candidate to a presidential victory. Politics aside, women everywhere have to admit that's kind of a big deal.
Now that Donald Trump is headed to the White House, it's been widely speculated that Conway will play a key role in his administration. But the mom-of-four is now speaking out about what her future holds, and all the considerations that would go into continuing to work side-by-side with the soon-to-be 45th POTUS.
"My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for Mom going inside [the White House]," she said at a recent event, according to ABC News. "They have to come first and those are very fraught ages."
Moms everywhere can most certainly relate to wanting to put their children first, no matter what they do to earn a living. Because the truth is, no matter how big our career aspirations are, we are mothers as well, and that is a hugely important responsibility.
Conway went on to say about working moms, "we still have to make choices, and there are limits."
Her comments have, not surprisingly, rubbed many the wrong way. On social media, my friends are expressing concerns that what Conway said is setting women's progress back. I say she's just being realistic about what's right for her and her family. As moms, we have a lot to balance. So whether you want to call motherhood "limiting" or "challenging" or somewhere in between, moms cannot deny that their kids need them. Period.
Meanwhile, Conway went to great lengths to stress that whether she joins Trump in the White House or not, it is her personal choice to make. "Mothers and married women and unmarried women—they're all welcome in the Trump White House and he's made that very clear to me." She added that if she were to say "no" to a role in the new administration, it "would be my personal choice and not a demand on me."
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If Conway does accept a position, she hinted she may be redefining what it means to be a working mom. "Maybe I could help America's women in terms of feeling less guilty about balancing life and career and perhaps Skyping or Facetiming and showing how that's done. I mean there's something to that. So we'll figure all that out."
No matter what you decide, Kellyanne, clearly you are one strong woman, who has already proven that moms can do anything they want to do. Because at the end of the day, you have to want to take it all on, whatever it is. Or else you won't give it your all.
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Of course, not all of us have a choice about working. But I contend we do have a choice about our attitudes. And being realistic. And not being too hard on ourselves.
What's your take?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebookwhere she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.