Mom Con event in Cranberry will give mothers time to focus
Busy moms tend to multitask, but that can be counterproductive, author Britt Reints says.
“Actually, it makes us less productive and makes us miss out on what's happening right in front of us,” Reints, 34, of Squirrel Hill, says.
When Reints speaks at an upcoming event — The Mom Con on Nov. 14 and 15 at Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry — she will talk to attending mothers about how to be mindful — take a moment to focus on the soccer game they are watching or the child sitting in their lap.
“I think, sometimes, we get overwhelmed by how time flies by,” says Reints, author of the 2013 book “An Amateur's Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness” (Derbyshire Ink, $12.99). She has two kids: Devin, 14, and Emma, 9. “Sometimes, being mindful can make the smaller hours, the short time periods, actually have more quality.”
Reints' speech, called “What Happy Moms Know That Stressed Moms Don't,” is one of several that will be featured at The Mom Con, an event in its second year. Although the one-day educational event will happen Nov. 15, the organizers have added a night-before social with appetizers and drinks, as several attendees are traveling from out of town.
At the conference, attendees will listen to speakers, network with each other and explore booths from some 30 vendors.
The Mom Con targets mothers with kids from babies to about age 14, says conference founder Natalie Kovacic. The majority of moms who attend do some kind of career work, but not necessarily out of the home. Many of them write blogs and do other creative activities, she says.
“This is for the mom who feels she doesn't have enough time for herself and her own interests ... but still wants to be present for her kids,” Kovacic, 31, of Lawrenceville, says.
She is a lawyer but quit attorney work last year to focus on planning the next conference and spending time with her son, Joey, 4.
Nicole Mildren of Sarver attended the first Mom Con last year, and liked it so much that she approached Kovacic about helping with the next conference. Now, Mildren, 35, is co-director of The Mom Con, which she and Kovacic are hoping to expand and turn into a national event in several cities.
“I was really impressed,” Mildren says. “It was a great opportunity for moms in Pittsburgh. I saw a lot of potential in what she was trying to accomplish.”
Mildren's daughter — Giuliana, who will be 2 on Nov. 11 — was only 6 months old when Mildren went to the first conference. Now, Mildren — who does home-based marketing work and writes the blog champagneto crayons.com — is not only planning it, but also will be one of the speakers. She will talk to moms about starting a new business or hobby, or making time for charity work, while they care for their children.
“It's kind of like a networking group for moms,” she says.
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7824.