Name: Amy Hamilton
Town: Beaufort (born and raised)
Children: Bethany, 16; Killian, 14; Megan, 12; Heather Lynn, 5
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Occupation: Teacher at St. Peter's Catholic School
Favorite mommy moment: Anytime one of the kids overcomes an obstacle or achieves a personal goal becomes a favorite moment.
Go-to lunch for the kids: Without a doubt, it is school lunch. Packing lunches is not my favorite thing. However, when I pack a lunch for our youngest, it is typically a peanut butter sandwich, chips and a yogurt.
Favorite book: "To Kill A Mockingbird," by Harper Lee. I first read this book in seventh-grade English. I went to Beaufort Academy, and Tom Horton was my teacher. I just instantly fell in love with the story. Maybe it was the way he taught it. I could tell through his discussions that he loved the book. I like how it is told through the eyes of a child. I have read it countless times since. I always get excited when one of the kids is assigned to read it in class. I actually want to help them with that homework.
How do you try to be a good role model to your children? I am active in our church, St. John's Lutheran Church. I serve on the church council, teach Sunday school, attend a women's Bible study once a month and participate in various ways in the service some Sunday mornings. We encourage the kids to volunteer with us. I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international honorary organization of women educators that participates in various altruistic projects throughout the year. I think it is important to show the kids that you have to give back.
Best family vacation: Our first family vacation before our youngest was born was to Dollywood and Gatlinburg, Tenn. We stayed in a cabin and had a great time going to the park and sightseeing in the area. The kids still ask to go back.
How do you keep up with all the kids' stuff -- all the papers, projects, activities and appointments? Do you keep a calendar? I have a 12-month calendar that hangs in the kitchen. I write things down on that. I have to see it constantly to keep it in my brain. I go through Heather Lynn's backpack as she is doing her homework. I write important dates on the calendar and check papers. I try to immediately toss the papers we don't need to keep and put up the papers we would like to keep.
Biggest stressor: Getting everyone out of the house on time
Stress reliever: The occasional date night. Also, a nice warm bath and a good book.
Advice for other moms: Embrace your children's unique personalities. Each one will bring their own challenges and delights to your family. Guide them when they begin to veer off the path, and encourage them when they are ready to fly.
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