Recessionistas: Holly and Jackie Xerri
So, Mama Camiband — what’s it like to work with your daughter?
Mother: I am grateful Jackie is very detailed oriented just like me, because NOBODY else would have the patience for the degree of perfection I need. Being a classic “Type A” personality, I know I can trust her at 14 to neatly pack an order better than any adult. More importantly, without her I wouldn’t have the pretty website I have today. She creates artwork, edits and puts together amazing videos, exactly as I envision the finished product to be. She is really unusually talented when it comes to video and graphics for her age.
For her age? Wait- what? I thought that was the age of impatience!
Mother: I am not saying she never loses her patience with me, but she gets me and will finish anything I ask her to do till she knows I am satisfied with the end result.
See — I knew it! It IS worth it to play to your work weaknesses! You guys are proof…so Jackie, what’s it like working for mom?
Daughter: Well, I like the fact that I can spend quality time working with my mom and make some really good money for my age. She pays me more than some adults make ($10/hour) and I don’t even have to go anywhere. I really wanted a job anyway, so I could buy lots of clothes and eat out with my friends.
That’s cool I guess…but sounds a little Pollyanna-ish to me…what’s it REALLY like?
Daughter: Annoying, Aggravating…..makes me want to kill myself!
Well…um…please don’t do that. How about some constructive advice for mom-daughter duos?
Daughter: Don’t do it!!
Well, then, mom? Can you help us out?
Mother: I don’t know if somebody elses norm would be similar to my situation, using a 14 year old, that is. I do depend on her a lot and sometimes her social life takes precedence and you can’t forget this is still a kid. (Your kid)