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Transparency With Diana B.: Working Mothers in Quarantine

The juggle is real—especially in lockdown. Three mothers at financial advisory firms open up about the pitfalls and perils of working from home with kids.


When shelter-in-place orders started cropping up in mid-March, as the coronavirus started to spread in cities across the country, many schools and day cares closed. Babysitters and other caregivers, such as grandparents, were forced to separate from the kids they typically cared for. The circumstance brought a new challenge to working parents, who have been struggling over the past few months to work remotely, home-school their children, and keep the young ones engaged, occupied and happy.

In this episode of Transparency, Diana Britton, managing editor of, talks to three mothers in financial services about the challenges they’ve experienced balancing work and child care during the quarantine.

Shana Sissel, chief investment officer of Spotlight Asset Group, has an energetic little boy who is feeling increasingly antsy inside their apartment. Kristine Porcaro, co-founder and president of Lexington Wealth Management, is preserving emotional energy for her two teenage girls. And Blair DuQuesnay, an advisor at Ritholtz Wealth Management, is balancing the care of her young son and newborn daughter.

Diana is joined by Shana, Kristine and Blair, who discuss the challenges of keeping their children emotionally and mentally fulfilled while stuck inside, as well as their mechanisms for staying sane. Diana draws on her own experience in this episode, working from home while caring for her 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.  

Photo courtesy of Diana BrittonDiana Britton and children

Diana Britton with her kids, Tina and Billy

Photo courtesy of Shana SisselShana Sissel and son

Shana Sissel and her son.

Photo courtesy of Blair DuQuesnayBlair DuQuesnay and her children

Blair DuQuesnay with her son and newborn daughter.

Photo courtesy of Kristine PorcaroKristine Porcaro

Kristine Porcaro with her daughters.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About their experiences working from home with kids
  • How these moms feel about screen time and how they manage it
  • How they’re dealing with schools and day cares being closed
  • How they’re dealing with acting out and heightened emotions
  • How to run an advisory business while caring for children
  • Ways these mothers maintain sanity and relieve stress
  • And more.

Tune in now to hear a candid discussion about the challenges of caring for children and working from home during COVID-19.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Transparency with Diana B. podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found. 

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