Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : I HAVE BECOME A NAPERVILLE "MOM"...


My wife Nicole went back to work last July.  She is a pediatric dietician at Central DuPage Hospital.

While Nicole works, I watch our little girl Erin.  It is working out quite well...

Despite some challenges, I am running a fairly active and growing real estate business. 

Nicole's steady paychecks are nice too...

Recently, however, "fatherhood" has gone a little too far... 

I think I have become a Naperville "mom".

Let me explain.  Today went like this...

After driving my wife to work, my daughter and I go to the health club, Lifetime Fitness...

I drop Erin off at day care.  It's awesome.  They have a great staff and facility. It's free, too! 

I am just in time for my 10:45 yoga class.  They have the temperature set way up.  Great workout.  I work up quite a sweat.

After yoga, Erin and I hurry home.  Erin gets grumpy when she is hungry.

We turn on cartoons.  Erin loves Super Why!

I prepare lunch.  Macaroni and cheese.  Our favorite.  I chop up hot dogs in mine.

I manage to squeeze in a little "real estate" while Erin plays.  Fortunately, she is pretty easy little girl.

Cleaning time.  Wash dishes.  Pick up after Erin.  I am always picking up after Erin...

Where does my day go?

Off to the supermarket.  I actually make a shopping list...

There is a Starbucks in the store, so I pick up a coffee. 

Hot coffees in hand, kids in carts, the ladies of Naperville and I cruise the aisles...

A ritual?  Perhaps. 

A reason to get out of the house?  Definitely.

When Erin and I finish our shopping, we are just in time to pick up Nickie after work.

We miss her...


A Realtor you can trust.


                 The Tracy's over July 4th 


Comment balloon 17 commentsKen Tracy • February 05 2009 08:12PM


Ken, don't you just love this business where we can be there for those we love?  One of my favorite perks in this industry is making my own schedule.  It sounds like yours is working out just fine.  You've got a lovely family.  Wishing you continued blessings.

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

And THAT is the best part of this profession...can you imagine missing any of those moments?

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 10 years ago

Ken-Macaroni & cheese and Hot Dogs! If only your yoga instructor knew.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Joe, Susan, and Maggie.  Thanks so much for reading.

The menu?  My wife is a dietician, too!:)

I appreciate all the moments.  Nickie and Erin are great friends, though.  I wish they could be together more.

It is great about the business.  It is working for us right now.  I would love to have more time, but we do what we can.

Thanks so much everyone,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

Ken: Isn't it great that your family works like such a team. I love being a Realtor because I can spend time with Dave and the kids and still take care of my business. I'm sure that Erin will always remember her time with Dad. Before you know it, she will be in school, so enjoy! I love the family pic!

Posted by Dawn Isenhower (Sibcy Cline Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Hi Dawn.  Thanks so much.

I have my phone on all day.  I think I can run my business smoothly.

And my time with Erin is fun...

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

And where did the real estate fit in?  It sounded like about 30 minutes... what are your days like when you have to show properties or go on a listing appt?  Alyssa and I play hookie every once in a while, but it's not an everyday occurrence, and not even a weekly occurrence.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Hi Ken, Sounds like you, Nickie, and Erin have a system all worked out. Lovely family!

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

Family before business!  Thanks for sharing a little of your life.  It is great to be around the kids when ever possible. 

Posted by David Timm, CRS, EcoBroker, GRI, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Super Super Dad....great story.  You still will never get those years back.  Have at it!  Nice inspiration.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 10 years ago

Ken you are a Rockstar Real Estate Dad! What a great picture, you are a wealthy man!

Posted by Teresa K. Nelson (Windermere Real Estate/HLC) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like a pretty good day to me.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

Hi JL, Teresa, Larry, David, Shirley, and Donna.  Thanks for reading.

These are happy times.

Donna, most of my showings happen nights and weekends.  When I need it, my mom helps watch Erin.

It is challenging, but rewarding as well.

Thanks again guys,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like you have a terrific life! You wife and little girl are very lucky to have you to take care of them!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Love this story.  You sound like a great mulit-tasker! 

Posted by Carol Spengel, Wheaton IL (Prudential Rubloff ) almost 10 years ago

Hi Terrie and Sherry.  Thanks so much for the nice words.

I have become quite a multi-tasker. 

Things are good.

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

I joined the Lifetime in Vernon Hills and I really like the hot yoga classes...

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 9 years ago

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