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Tales Of A Power Mom – Westbury Resident Shares Her Story

Donna La Scala’s essay published in Chicken Soup for the Soul series

Given the state of the economy and the dual-income requisite for many families nowadays, “stay-at-home moms” may not be as prevalent as they were years ago.

Good thing nobody told that to Westbury resident Donna La Scala.

The one-time schoolteacher and later Wall Street 9-to-5er (although Long Island to Manhattan commuters might argue that 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. is a more accurate representation) had juggled her city career and motherhood before deciding on giving herself the best of both worlds: working from home and raising a family.

“I had young children and I was always torn because I couldn’t participate in things that they were doing during the working day. Working 9 to 5, your time is not your own. It occurred to me that there has to be a better way and when you start opening up those windows, you start seeing that there are other things out there,” said La Scala.

Fortunately for the mother of two daughters, advancements in mobile computing gave her the chance to work as a financial advisor from home as an affiliate of AXA Advisors LLC, located in Lake Success. 

“The industry has changed so much that people are working out of their homes, working out of independent offices. You don’t have to be tied to your branch. What they look at is production and compliance, as long as you’re hitting both of those targets.

“You can be anywhere, for the most part, as long as you get it done. How do your clients know if you’re sitting on your couch in your pajamas? As long as you have the BlackBerry and the computer and those kinds of things, you can be anywhere,” said La Scala, who enjoys dancing, music and reading historical novels on her down time.

Regarding getting involved with Chicken Soup, La Scala belonged to a networking organization called the Woman’s Financial Group when another member told her about a website called Help a Reporter Out ( where she could submit her own pieces on the financial industry and potentially have them published. After signing up, La Scala received an email inquiring about working mothers.

“The site was looking for working moms to tell their story and I submitted an essay. I had forgotten about it, but I got a phone call months later from the girl who was putting the book together, and that’s how I got involved,” said La Scala.

La Scala also noted that the teenager phase “brings an unexpected element to the wobbly equilibrium of motherhood” but that keeping things in perspective and using technology to her advantage helps to keep the challenges in check.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms is available on Amazon and in bookstores. It features stories from Jodi Picoult, Liz Lange and more.