Mompreneur: Raising Kids While Handling Business

I’m Jasmine Mix an educator with over 12 years, nonprofit founder of Books With Barbers and CEO of Jasmine Mix, LLC. Originally from East Orange New Jersey, but currently live in Columbia, SC. Over the course of years she has resided in Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, and Chapel Hill, NC. A mom of three children, all girls- aged 10, 7, and 6! with the love to travel, theater, and their big beach goers- part time mermaids (no kidding!).

I’m Jasmine Mix an educator with over 12 years, nonprofit founder of Books With Barbers and CEO of Jasmine Mix, LLC. Originally from East Orange New Jersey, but currently live in Columbia, SC. Over the course of years she has resided in Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, and Chapel Hill, NC. A mom of three children, all girls- aged 10, 7, and 6! with the love to travel, theater, and their big beach goers- part time mermaids (no kidding!).

Books with Barbers is growing rapidly, what inspired you to create this? BWB is an incredible journey! As an educator I saw, repeatedly (year after year) where statistics were showing that black males were suffering in the area of reading and literacy. Initially BWB started off as a simple donation. I only wanted to place books in a general area where boys had access. The barbershop, of course, was the perfect fit. So now here we are- one and a half years  and over 300 partnered shops later...

With everything you have going on how are you able to balance being a full time mom? My goodness! It is a lot going on in this world of mine. Not only am I a mom of three, I am a divorced, single mom of three (Someone pass me a bottle of water)!! At the end of the day, I think we moms just make it work. Like, there are no other choices, lol. Now that I’ve stepped away from the classroom and are persuing my personal buisnesses full time, I’ve realized that maintaining order is key. Yes I have to work, but guess what- the girls have dance, basketball, soccer, Girl Scouts, and personal friends. My personal calendar keeps me on track. Scheduling is important, and knowing when to say NO to a few things is key.

What are of some of your parenting tips that helps you get through each day.

WINE! JK!! LOL! But seriously wine! And taking it super slow! Our day’s are pretty routine. Although the fun activities will change you can always count on some things religiously. Lunch at 12, Dinner at 6, lights low at 7, in the bed by 8! ‘You don’t have to go to sleep, but you DO have to go to bed” is the motto. Don’t let them run you! Remember you are an adult and are worthy of adult time, adult convo, adult activities, and yes- adult wine

Raising 3 daughters can be challenging in today’s society. What are some of the challenges you experience how do you resolve them? Access to the internet is frightening. Whether it be social media, YouTube, or just google- too much is out there. I fear my children getting information that I have not prepped them for. So we limit. I allow them internet use, but just like with all other things, with restrictions.