Carol Piering lives in University Park, TX with her husband, Jason, and their two kids (Emerson and Harrison). She began her own company, AveryHale Consulting, a few years ago so she would have freedom to balance her love for family, community and work. Carol enjoys being an active board member on multiple organizations and volunteering at her children's school. 

Dangle: What kind of activities do your kids participate in?

CP: Emerson, our 4th grader, takes weekly art and Hip-hop classes. Seasonally, she participates in soccer, basketball and softball.  Softball is her favorite (mine too!)  She is also a Junior Girl Scout.  She's not afraid to get her hands dirty, either from paint or scouting activities. Love that.

Harrison, our 2nd grader, loves being athletic from the time his feet hit the floor until his head hits the pillow.  He plays football, soccer and baseball all school year; basketball and track are seasonal. He loves to play chess as well.  He's a clever little guy who will surprise you. Love that too.

Needless to say, I'm in the car a lot and our Google Calendar is VERY important to me.

Dangle: What is the most challenging thing about being a parent?

CP: Without a doubt, being and exuding patience while the kids tackle tasks in their own way and time. One is consistently slower than the family's pace and the other is faster.  Can't we meet in the middle where my Husband, the World clock and I are? 

Dangle: What is the most rewarding thing about being a parent?

CP: The most rewarding thing is watching the light bulb of success burn in their heads and hearts when they've discovered they love something, are good at something, or something has inspired them. Their eyes shine from their own discovery, and you realize that they are not yours, just yours to raise. Awesome.

Dangle: What kind of technology do your kids use and do you have any concerns with their use?

CP: Both kids use "our" iPads and phones. My daughter has a Kindle. We have rules around their use, which historically has worked. I think we are no different than most parents who are, frankly, scared of what we don't know about some of the social and safety trappings of technology if not used properly.  

Dangle: Any fun family vacations planned for the summer?

CP: This summer, we are excited to play in the sand a bit early on and then escape the Texas heat in the mountains toward the end.