D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who now balances motherhood with running one of the country’s major cities, is OK when it comes to taking orders from the little boss at home.
As city residents might fondly remember, it was nearly a year ago that Bowser — who’s single — announced that she had adopted a baby girl.
“Miranda’s in charge, basically of how you go, when you go, when she wants to eat,” Bowser said in a recent interview with WAMU 88.5 Live. “Luckily, she is a sweetheart. She has a very pleasant temperament, but you fully realize you can’t control everything.”
While Bowser, 46, has agreed that single parenthood isn’t easy, she realizes the importance of having a village of support around her. In addition to the in-home child care she has for Miranda, Bowser’s parents also help watch her baby girl once a week.
“I have tried very hard to build a village of friends and family that can be helpful when I need it,” Bowser said. “I have a non-traditional work schedule. For me, it’s just about being able to manage.
Bowser said that because her work takes away a lot of time from Miranda, she finds ways to make up the loss with activities that include family-oriented events in D.C., reading to her daughter and taking her for strolls around their Northwest neighborhood.
Now, with Miranda’s first birthday approaching next month, an excited Bowser said she can hardly wait, as a curious Miranda is already trying to move around on her own.
“I’m looking forward to her being able to walk and talk,” Bowser said. “I can’t wait. She’s really trying her hardest to communicate now, and I’m interested to see what’s on her mind.”