Dorien Morin-Van Dam and her husband are raising five beautiful children.
Willem 16 , Marquel 16, Johan 14, Janneke 12 and Andries 8.
One of these children came to her through her heart, her good nature and her desire to help those that do not have the same opportunities that her birth children do.
Dorien, how do you juggle motherhood and career?
I am extremely fortunate in that I work for myself (as a Social Media Specialist) and can make my own hours. I try to schedule everything so that I work while my kids are in school and this way in the afternoon I can concentrate on them. For instance, I will schedule phone calls when I know I have an extended period of drive time or when I am waiting at the skating rink for my daughter.
Can you tell me more about what you do as a Social Media Specialist?
My company, More In Media is a social media management company, specializing in online engagement. We manage Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, blogs etc.
What are your top tips for an entrepreneur?
1. Write a business plan.
2. Research your market, what people expect and what they will pay for it.
3. Be prepared for everything.
4. Provide customer service AND customer appreciation. A client needs to feel that they matter and as business people, we need to realize that they absolutely do matter.
5. Stay up to date and never stop learning.
6. Rely on your support system and motivate your support system. If you do not have people that can help you to accomplish what you cannot accomplish on your own than work on those connections.
7. Celebrate all of the successes, yours and those of other people and businesses that you are connected to.
Can you offer one of your favorite tips for feeding your family?
Organization. Before my morning is over I know exactly what dinner will be. If I do not do this then everything goes off schedule. I like the Crockpot and I cook a lot of Dutch food.
What type of activities do you enjoy as a family?
We just enjoy spending time together. It is so important. If we do not establish relationships with our kids when they are young then how can we expect to have close relationships and be aware of what they are doing, who they spend time with and what they are enjoying. I truly love spending time with each of my children. My twelve-year-old daughter and I trained and completed, a 1/2 marathon together. That has been fun as I love running and now she is a part of that.
What is next for you and your family?
The older two are nearing the end of high school so we need to consider all of their options and work on making them occur. Of course, the dating discussion is also something that we have been faced with. Truly though I just want to raise five happy and healthy children. I want them to reach for their dreams and achieve them.
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