In her interview with Time Out Kids, CBS correspondent and mom Kelly Wallace Saal named our Music Together center as her most favorite EXTRACURRICULAR ORGANIZATION. “Music Together is magical. The classes led by Gabriele are the most popular. She has a special way with the children, and her class becomes their (her children’s) most cherished activity each week.”
As a busy CBS News correspondent, Kelly Wallace left her job to spend more time with her kids—and work on an online news and talk show for mothers that will be hitting the web in the next few months.
How do the girls like having you at home more?
KW: They love it. I’ve been able to watch Hattie at soccer practice and pick upLily from school. I even chaperoned my first school trip.
MS: And there’s less breakfast splattered on the walls. That’s a real plus.
What’s harder, being a news correspondent or a stay-at-home mom?
KW: Being a mom. As I’ve spent more time handling child-care duties solo, I’ve thought, this is the hardest job on the planet. At the same time, I want to have a vibrant work life. I know that as long as I can make my work fit into my life, as opposed to my life fitting into my work, I will feel fulfilled.
What can we expect from your new web show?
KW: It’s going to be a look at the top news stories affecting moms. The plan is to cover everything from whether pesticides on fruit and veggies cause ADHD to increasing desire in the bedroom. If mothers are talking about it, so will we. I hope this show will be a place where they can join a conversation and laugh a little. Because if we don’t laugh, how will we ever make it to bedtime?
What do you love most about raising kids in New York?
MS: Hattie and Lily are growing up with the vibrancy and vitality of the city. They see all different kinds of people and every day can be an adventure. That outweighs hearing them say, “Where’s our backyard?”
KW: My sister lives outside the city in a house with a big yard and Hattie’s been saying to me, “Mommy, how come we don’t have a yard?” And I say, “You have a yard. It’s called Central Park.” — Shandley McMurray
“Music Together (212-592-4627, www.mtsollati.com) is magical. The classes led by Gabriele are the most popular. She has a special way with the children, and her class becomes their most cherished activity each week.”