Meet Dr. Wendy Osefo, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education, and TV personality on BRAVO TV’s “Real Housewives of Potomac.” Wendy is married to her husband Edward and is mom to three children, ages 7, 5 and 13 months.
What do you love about the work you do?
At Hopkins, I love being able to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. Also, I love being able to mold the way my students view policy.
What do you love about being a mom?
Motherhood is the greatest blessing I have ever received. The ability to watch my children grow and be kind and loving individuals to each other, to those around them is extremely gratifying.
What do you find challenging about motherhood?
The most challenging thing about motherhood is that you want to give your children everything that you did not receive as a child.
We read that you are the first of the “Real Housewives” to be of Nigerian descent.
Yes, I love my Nigerian culture so deeply. It is the foundation of who I am. It guides me through every day of my life. My husband is also Nigerian, and we enjoy teaching our children about our culture.
How do you juggle everything?
Having a great support system and an amazing husband makes the juggle easier.
Who inspires you?
My own mother. She really pushed us to be so successful. She said, “You know, it matters, what’s in front of your name, but it also matters what’s behind your name.” We knew that we wanted to be successful in our own right, outside of whomever we decided to be in a relationship with. We want to stand on our own.
What’s something great about raising kids in the Baltimore area?
There is a lot to do in the area, such as cultural sites and different events geared toward young kids.
What do you and your family love to do together?
We like to explore different restaurants and try new cuisines. We are big foodies.
How are you able to maintain a social life between working and parenting?
I have tried to take at least one weekend out of the month to focus on myself.
How do you take care of your mental and physical health?
It’s a struggle, but something I continue to work on every day. It’s a challenging time to raise children. How do you stay optimistic? I’m excited that people are really focused on the social changes needed in our society. It’s a big year for all of us. It’s a big year for our country.
What are 5 things you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my phone, my family, red wine, seafood and good health.
What would you do if you had one hour without any responsibilities?
I would sleep!