Mother’s Day – Interview with Daxx Working Moms

Mothers are our guardian angels. On May 10th, the whole world celebrated Mother’s Day in honor of all mothers out there. At Daxx, we paid attention to this special holiday, too.


Maryna Krasovska, Tamara Tiorlo, Anastasiia Levytska, and Tetiana Kozelska are our colleagues from different Daxx locations and full-time working mothers. We asked ladies how they manage to keep work and family balanced as it’s quite a tricky thing to do. We’ve got interesting comments and useful hacks. Sharing them with you!

Maryna Krasovska
JavaScript Developer at Daxx Kharkiv

1. How many kids do you have? 

I have three sons: Oleg (14 years old), Stas (8 years old), and Yura (5 years old).

2. How do you find harmony between work and motherhood? 

My daily routine as a mother is full of duties. Balancing it with a full-time job takes a special approach. You need to figure out what you can live without and what you can delegate. My family feels perfectly fine without an ideal order at home and a hot five-course lunch. It’s possible and necessary to delegate. Many things you can delegate to kids. A big thank you to my family for support, understanding, and teamwork. It’s also very important to switch and be present at the moment, leaving work issues at work and household duties at home. Yes, I spend less time with children working in the office but I compensate quantity with quality. All in all, it’s great to be able to switch from home chores to work and back. It’s a good recharge for the brain and emotions.

3. What character traits or self-management hacks help you out? 

I could never boast good self-management skills but kids are good teachers. They taught me to realistically assess my energy and resources. To prioritize — what to do right now, what to do later, and what never. The other thing that helps me out is that I like to learn and explore something new. My job gives me a chance to learn all the time — that’s what I love about it.

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? 

Switching to distance learning took a lot of attention and control from us as parents. We have to be both teachers and sports coaches — all at once. My family tries to stick to the “pre-quarantine” regime so our daily routine didn’t change much. Plus, we adopted some new things. In the morning, we make a time-table with each of our older sons. In the afternoon, we take a short break for outdoor active games or ride a bicycle through the woods. The last activity is my favorite :). 

5. What’s your advice for full-time working moms? 

If possible, share household duties with family members, avoid perfectionism, get rid of unnecessary things. Be sure to find time for rest and favorite activities. And, most importantly, don’t listen to advice from other people, find your own pace of life that brings you happiness and joy.


Tamara Tiorlo
Graphic Designer at Daxx Lviv

1. How many kids do you have? 

We have two daughters. Nastya (13 years old) and Liza (6 years old).

2. How do you find harmony between work and motherhood?  

Before Daxx, I worked from home as a freelancer for many years. My kids know since childhood that mom has a job and she doesn’t just sit at the computer all day — she is busy with important things. Of course, they need my attention and care during the day. I work from home now so they can come with all kinds of questions and requests. But still, they try not to distract me without a reason. They know that we’ll solve all urgent matters together when my workday is over. Also, my girls will never allow themselves to bother me if I have a Skype call or online meeting. This is a taboo. I have a rule to let my family know about it beforehand and tell them when the call is over and I’m free. Grandma (my mom) also helps us a lot. She lives nearby and takes most of the kids-related tasks on her shoulders. Lisa doesn’t go to kindergarten, so we need to go for walks, attend hobby groups, and play learning games. It’s not easy for a full-time working mom to cope with all these tasks. That’s why we really appreciate our grandmother’s help.

3. What character traits or self-management hacks help you out? 

First and foremost, it’s a daily schedule. I carefully plan my working hours and breaks. There always must be a time when I shut down my computer and say “Kids, I’m home!”, even if I came from the next room:) I had a sad experience of frantic freelance times when I had to work almost non-stop juggling working tasks and struggled to find time for family and house chores. I won’t make that mistake again. Now I’ve got everything in order. There’s time for work and time for family. 

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine?  

We had almost no difficulties with switching to quarantine mode. Kids got used to this way of life. I would say that quarantine had a positive impact on our family. Now we spend more time together and eat in a family circle more often. We bought a bunch of table games and started collecting puzzles. Nastya and I go out cycling in the evenings.  

5. What’s your advice for full-time working moms?  

Organize yourself first. Keep work and family separate. But the biggest secret of a successful mother is being at peace. Don’t try to find time for everything and everywhere. It’s impossible. Give yourself time to get lazy and don’t try to be perfect. Create warm-hearted family rituals: make a pizza or bake a cake with children on the weekend, play table games on Thursday evening, etc. Kids treasure the moments of spending time together and we’ll be waiting for them!


Anastasiia Levytska
Engineer at Daxx Kyiv

1. How many kids do you have? 

Two daughters. Maya (10 years old) and Mila (8 years old). 

2. How do you find harmony between work and motherhood? 

My recipe is to clearly distribute time and do everything together. “Later”, “one day”, “in the future” — kids feel confused about such uncertain times. They don’t get these words and burn from impatience even more. We made a plan for our daily routine together. It has everything — playtime, studying, cleaning, training. When children study or play, I work. We do home chores and work out together — it’s way more interesting and fun. Involving kids into our household routine is useful and don’t let them get bored and drive a mom crazy:) But the key ingredients of my recipe are these: a) bedtime — children go to sleep at 9 o’clock so parents can spend time together; b) having more than one kid with a small age difference is a gift — they can play together and don’t bother their mom. 

3. What character traits or self-management hacks help you out? 

Keeping a word and not responding to provocations. That’s the most important thing. When you show a soft spot, kids immediately make use of it. Hacks? My cell phone is now full of training and cleaning apps, and organizers. Children agree to do sit-ups only if they can tap the buttons to switch workouts and tick the completed tasks. 

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? 

We didn’t change our daily routine intentionally. If we want our kids to go to bed on time so that we could spend an evening in peace, we wake them up early and keep them busy all day long.  

5. What’s your advice for full-time working moms? 

Don’t get kids hooked to gadgets or TV to kill time. This is an easy but ineffective way in the long run. It ends up with bad temper, laziness, and poor fantasy. Add more physical activities and learning games into their lives! 


Tetiana Kozelska
Full Stack PHP Developer at Daxx Dnipro

1. How many kids do you have? 

I’m raising one baby. His name is Kostya (8 months old).

2. How do you find harmony between work and motherhood?  

Well, I can say that it’s not easy, but it’s interesting and fun at the same time. I’m not sure that you can find balance when working from home with a baby. Every day is different — both at work and with a baby. I don’t strive to distinguish my duties. I try to combine work and care for my baby. This is probably my kind of balance. Apart from the role of being a mother, I can think about something else when playing with the child (subconsciously, I look for solutions to this or that problem). I have a husband who helps and supports me in everything. Plus, a pinch of positive mindset… That’s how I nail it! 

3. What character traits or self-management hacks help you out?  

I plan a workday in advance: what task and when I can perform it and what I need for this. Also, it’s hard work and, probably, my ability to get the most of every free minute. 

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine?   

My routine hasn’t changed much since my baby is still very little. I’ve been working from home for half a year already. The only problem is walking with the baby — now it is not safe. 

5. What’s your advice for full-time working moms?   

Our kids are the biggest motivation for work and everything. Charge yourself with their positive vibes every morning! 

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Ladies, you all have a superpower of being a mom. A special thank you to each of you for sharing your recipe for finding harmony in life!  


Read also about Daxx females and their career stories here.


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