Name: Susan Brown
Children: Chas, 10; Anna, 10; Margaret, 6; Katherine, 6; Sophia, 6
Occupation: Kindergarten teacher at Riverview Charter School
Favorite mommy moment: Snuggle time
Most challenging moment: Saying no and sticking to it; being consistent
Funniest thing your kids ever said: Too many to say
What you learned from your mom that you now use: How to be a lifelong learner
How do you keep your marriage a priority? At least one kiss and hug a day
I can't leave the house without: My husband's phone number, so he can bring me whatever I forgot
What's the bedtime routine at your house? Bath, PJs and reading
How do you keep up with all the kids' activities, appointments, homework, etc.? With a lot of help from my husband, my parents and my husband's parents
What would you do if you were completely alone for an entire day? Paint
Advice for other moms: Treasure the moments you have now, even the hardest. The most challenging moments for you and how you deal with them as a parent are what your kids need to see. Your babies need you to hold their hands and guide them and also to see that it's normal to lose your patience from time to time. Show them how to apologize, and recover from your mistakes.
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