Ivanka Trump: Hectic Campaign Trail Gave Me No Time For Massages Or Meditation


by Anna Brech |
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Ivanka Trump has revealed that she had no time for her usual "self-care" routines in the run-up to her father's election as US president last year.

The 35-year-old entrepreneur said she went into "survival mode" as she juggled business demands with her family and the campaign trail ahead of Donald Trump's historic victory in November.

"Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care," Ivanka recalls, in a preview extract from her new book published by Fortune today.

"I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes and I would have loved to catch up with the friends I hadn’t seen in three months, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day."

Ivanka says she wants to debunk the supermum myth ©Instagram

Ivanka's book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, aims to debunk the myth that being a working mum is easy.

Ivanka, who is currently working as an aide to her father as well as running several business enterprises, has three children with her husband Jared Kushner (who is also an advisor to the president).

"I began to wonder whether I had been doing women who work a disservice by not owning the reality that, because I’ve got an infant, I’m in my bathrobe at 7 a.m. and there’s pureed avocado all over me," she writes.

She adds that she wants to "debunk the superwoman myth by posting a photo that my husband candidly snapped of me digging in the garden with the kids in our backyard, my hair in a messy ponytail, dirt on my cheek... "

"It took me a while to have the confidence to know that my authenticity as a mother with young children doesn’t undermine my professional capabilities or my toughness at the negotiating table," Ivanka continues. "Being true to who we are and what our lives look like proves that women who work are real."

Ivanka with her husband Jared and their three children ©Instagram

Ivanka's Instagram account does indeed put forward the picture she's aiming for, of "a super-engaged mom and unabashedly ambitious entrepreneur".

There are plenty of snaps of Ivanka with her three kids - Arabella, Joseph and Theodore - alongside photos of her going about her daily business engagements.

However, from an outside eye, the photos don't really shatter the myth of perfect parenthood or showcase the messy realities of being a mum in the same way as say, @averageparentproblems or @scummymummies.

In this respect, Ivanka isn't keeping it quite as real as she's striving for.

Nevertheless, Ivanka - a prominent champion of working women - says she is determined to make corporate culture more child-friendly.

One of the ways she does this is to bring her children into the office and have "working lunches" with them. "I had a standing lunch date with Arabella every Wednesday before she started kindergarten," she writes.

She's also open about leaving early to collect her kids, in the hope that she'll encourage her children to do the same.

"They [Ivanka's team] also know to expect e-mails from me at 11 p.m.—and that I don’t expect an answer at that hour, unless they, like me, leave early!" she writes.

Ivanka's book was written before the election and all proceeds will go to charity.

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