What's her secret?: 'Try to smile and have fun'

abredeson@islandpacket.comJanuary 2, 2013 

Daisy Bobinchuck and daughter Charli pose for a portrait Dec. 4 at Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center.

DELAYNA EARLEY/STAFF PHOTO

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THIS WEEK'S MOM

Name: Daisy Bobinchuck

Husband: Bryan

Town: Hilton Head Island

Children: Charli, 5

Occupation: Co-owner of Catch 22

Favorite mommy moment: Bobinchuck's top moment is her overall experience with Charli in kindergarten at Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center. The structure Charli has at school has carried over to the home. "That has really changed our parenting and our home life. It's been a real positive influence on the way that we structure our day and the way that we learn."

Hobbies: Fishing, going to the beach, biking

Biggest pet peeves: Bobinchuck said her biggest pet peeve is herself when she's not managing her time. Second on the list are people who don't use good manners. "It's so easy to say 'please' and 'thank you.'"

Go-to dinner: "None of my go-to dinners actually involve cooking at all." Her favorite meal is takeout fish and chips from Reilley's Grill & Bar on Hilton Head, which the family does about once a week.

Most challenging moment: "Every morning. I'm so not a morning person. And cooking. ... I am a terrible, terrible cook. I'm very fortunate that I'm married to a chef."

Volunteer work: Bobinchuck volunteers in her daughter's classroom most days of the week. She helps teacher Ashley Severe and teacher assistant Betty Milford with snack time, math or whatever else they need. "The more time I'm here doing things for the teacher, the more time she is spending with my child, and I want her to spend as much time with my child as possible."

Stress reliever: "Lots of wine. No, just kidding. ... Gosh, I don't really have a stress reliever. I guess I just live with my stress. ... I read. I sleep actually. That's my stress reliever."

Tips for other moms: Bobinchuck works at the restaurant a couple of evenings a week, which is difficult with her daughter's schedule. To make things easier, she tries to plan a day ahead of time. After Charli goes to bed, she gets everything ready for the morning. When she has to work for a couple of hours during the day, she brings the laptop along, and Charli plays educational games. Other than that, Bobinchuck said, "Try to smile and try to have fun. It makes everybody's day better."

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