Who run the world? Moms, TBH. This Mother’s Day, we’re partnering with Hallmark to share the stories of four women who have been inspired by their moms or are inspiring their own children to cultivate the lives of their dreams. Today, we’re sitting down with Sai De Silva of Scout the City to hear how she’s teaching, loving, and sharing her world with her children each day. Read on for some major motherhood inspo.
Q: How do you make your children feel loved?
A: I put my phone away and spend time with them individually on weekends. One full Saturday is devoted to my daughter and Sundays are for my son. During the week I spend 2 hours to chat about their day and plan special activities that they would like to do with me during the weekends. I find that the individual attention that each of them receives allows them to not feel left out and they have my undivided attention.
Q: How has motherhood changed you?
A: I learned how to be patient. I also learned to be confident and content with who I am. Being a mother gave me a sense of calmness and opened my eyes to the world in a different way. I no longer care about the small things that I once cared about in my 20’s.
Q: What’s your go-to mom word of wisdom?
A: Don’t change your world because you have kids, instead bring your kids into your world. By that, I mean that you don’t have to lose your identity just because you’re a mother. Instead make this next chapter in life the best yet.
Q: What are the most important things you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: I always thought I would teach my children new things but quickly learned that it is them who teaches me daily. For example, I’ve always lacked patience and consistently need to be busy. After children, I learned that my sporadic behavior was unnecessary and that there is nothing wrong with having downtime and enjoying life.
Q: What is your most memorable card you’ve ever given or received?
A: I’m not very sentimental and I love to laugh! My husband knows my love language which is why he will always finds the right card for me to make me laugh. Some are filled with gift cards which is always a plus.
In my opinion, when it comes to showing how much you care about someone, a text or email just doesn’t quite cut it. I’ve taught my kids how meaningful it is to send cards in the mail and how gestures like this can completely brighten someone’s day. And they love to see the look on my face when they present me with one of their own creations.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of being a mother?
A: Seeing my children happy is priceless. To wake up to their smiles is a consistent reminder that I’m doing a good job as a parent.