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Why You Need To Skip Work Events Like NYC's Fashion's Night Out To Be With Your Kids!

Thu, September 8, 2011 8:00pm EDT by Bonnie Fuller 2 Comments

Tonight is the once-a-year glam and star-filled event known as Fashion’s Night Out in NYC! Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker and scores of other stars will be there and I don’t care!

And here’s why you, Hollymoms, should feel guilt-free about blowing off work events that just aren’t essential.

The bottom line is — no matter what your career is and how important it is — your children have to come first! We all get invited to kinds of after hours events but when we have kids we have to make choices about what’s really important!

Now tonight, here in NYC, fashionistas throughout the city are salivating about shopping or just hanging out at star-infested stores. Justin Bieber will be gracing the Dolce & Gabanna boutique, Kim Kardashian will hold court at her Dash Boutique and Sarah Jessica Parker will hit the Manolo Blahnik boutique.

But you know what — it’s also the first week of school for my 10-year-old son. Sasha, who just started fifth grade and my daughter Leilah, 14, who’s finally hit high school.

They need me at home. Sasha wants me to read to him. He’s been hyper and nervous all week. Leilah’s desperate for me to read a novel that’s her first ninth grade language arts assignment, so I have to start it.

So I’m saying no to fashion. No to star power and yes to going home. And so can you.

“I had to make a choice between my mom life and my executive life today, and I chose my mom life,” agrees Marisa Thalberg, a cosmetics industry executive and Founder and President of, who also felt compelled to attend Fashion’s Night Out, but didn’t. “But my daughters — my 10-year-old and five-year-old, have just started at new schools and it’s just more important to be at home with them tonight.”

Marisa says that like most moms she’s doing a “constant mental calculus” about what’s necessary — attend after work functions or attend to her children’s needs.

I get it, and I bet you get it too Hollymoms. So don’t feel guilty. Do what Marisa and I are doing — choose your kids over work functions that aren’t absolutely essential! Agree?

— Bonnie Fuller