Family Life

Meghan Parrish

Occupation ▪ VP of Marketing & Communications at Baton Rouge General
Husband ▪ Tommy
Children ▪ Elise, 10, and Ian, 7
Hobbies ▪ running and traveling

Meghan thrives on working in a creative and challenging environment each day. As the VP of Marketing and Communications at Baton Rouge General, Meghan gets to push herself through naming new programs and buildings and creating new experiences for our community.

As a mother of two, she gets to share her love for her job with her little ones, especially during the holidays when they get a sneak peek at the light displays. But while her schedule is full, Meghan makes her family her top priority by always making time for their love for traveling, bike riding, and watching movies together.

Tell me about your children.
M: Elise is the oldest, and she’s very sensitive, witty, kind and empathetic. Ian is very independent. He’s an animal and dinosaur lover, and he’s very likable and friendly. 

What do you like to do as a family?
M: We like to travel. Ian is into fishing right now, so we go fishing, ride bikes, and go for walks in the neighborhood. On Fridays, we have a movie night. So far, the only movie we have all agreed on liking is Back to the Future.

What’s the greatest thing about being a mom?
M: Watching them build their relationship with one another as siblings.

How has parenthood changed you?
M: It turned me into a morning person. I remember telling my mom that I would never get up before 10 a.m., but now I get up at 5:30 a.m. every day and I don’t hate it.

What do you love most about your job?
M: It’s never boring. I can go from setting up a pumpkin patch to a board meeting to helping a doctor prepare for an interview. Also, hearing the stories. You meet so many people who are going through life-changing events, so hearing those stories is great.

How has it changed your time with your kids?
M: It’s all we know. There are pros and cons. We may always be rushing and I may miss open houses, but at the same time, they get to see that their mom is doing something she loves. 

What have you learned about parenting from your job?
M: Just like you can’t manage two employees the same way, you can’t parent two children the same way. Each child is different.

How do you find the balance between work and family time? 
M: Well, my house is really messy, but being prepared helps. If I have my lunch packed and clothes picked out for the kids, it’s one less thing to worry about. Also, embracing the crazy.

What do you use to keep yourself organized?
M: I’m a list maker, I’ll make lists on my phone or in my notebook. We also have a family calendar.

What kind of mom are you?
M: Supportive, a worrier, and straightforward. I encourage them to communicate with me.

What personality traits of yours do you share with them? 
M: They’re also worriers. Both of them couldn’t sleep because they were worried about their first day of school. I’m just like that.

What advice do you often give your children?
M: To not give energy to someone who doesn’t make you feel good. 

What would you say is the best parenting advice you have ever received?
M: One of my old bosses told me to teach my children how to make their own breakfast. It has made mornings so much easier!

What do you do to take care of yourself?
M: I get up, workout, get a good night’s sleep, eat healthy, and on Saturday mornings if we don’t have anything to do, I let us be lazy. I’ll lay in bed and have coffee and play on my phone.

What was your first job?
M: It was at a video store, which doesn’t exist anymore. It taught me customer service, and I met my husband there! We’ve been married for 16 years.

How long have you been a vegetarian?
M: Two years. I had really high cholesterol and by becoming a vegetarian, it’s better. We make some vegetarian meals at home, and I can’t get Ian to eat a taco, but he’ll eat split pea soup!

Which family member has been your greatest role model in life? 
M: My mom. She’s the perfect mom. She’s always there to talk, and she has always been there. She’ll even volunteer to watch the kids!

Do you have any advice for other parents?
M: Schedule one-on-one time with each of your children. It gives you a chance to know them on a different level, and they may tell you things that they might not feel comfortable saying in front of their other family members. ■

The parenting item I couldn’t live without…the Internet.
In my fridge, you will always find…almond milk.
Favorite movie growing up…Dirty Dancing.
Music I’m loving…the soundtrack for Big Little Lies.
I feel my best when I…can get a good night’s sleep.
My favorite television show is…The Handmaid’s Tale.
My favorite ice cream is…mint chocolate chip.

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