Kristin van Ogtrop
"What inspires me about being a mom and an editor are actually the same: I learn something new every day. On the job at Real Simple (as managing editor) I am constantly learning facts that improve my daily life (the latest is that the easiest way to make homemade pizza is to split a pound of dough into four rounds, rather than trying to make a giant pizzeria-style pie, which I seem completely incapable of mastering).
And being a parent is, of course, the ultimate journey of discovery: I am constantly learning my own strengths and weaknesses; gaining a greater understanding of my boys' identities as they grow and change; learning that no matter how much I try, boys would rather wrestle like lion cubs than sit still at dinner. (And once I learn to actually accept that, well,then I will have truly evolved as a parent and a human being!)"