A Mother's Day Tribute
May 14, 2017
What started out as a blog about tips to parents on how to avoid summer brain freeze and prevent learning loss in kids ended up being more a mother's day tribute to my late mother, Lomi Tsehay (meaning "Lemon Sun"). Thinking back to my own summer breaks when I was a kid, I started remembering all the things my mom encouraged me to learn. I took tennis, sewing, designing, typing, and cooking lessons, during some of my summer breaks, all skills that I use to this day. The greatest gift bestowed upon me by my parents was the gift of education. Even though they didn't have much to give their five children in material terms and by American standards, we were blessed to have parents that believed in the power of education. Interestingly, both my parents obtained their first degrees after their had children. They had two kids when my father graduated with a Law Degree and my mother had four children when she got hers. My mother was well ahead of her time working and raising 5 kids in the 1970's and 1980's. She began her career as an educator, then worked as an administrative assistant at the Medical School and teaching hospital. But realizing and understanding that she had not reached her full potential, she went back to night school at the local university to get her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She had four kids by the time she graduated ( I was about 12 and her youngest was about 9). She began her career as a social worker in a government-run rehabilitation program where she provided counseling and job opportunities for street girls. I remember my mother being so invested in these young girls' lives who, for the most part chose this way of life out of necessity caused by poverty. She was a great advocate for women's rights and believed that women are capable of doing anything they set their minds to. She also stressed the importance of being an independent woman and not depending on a man to support you.
My mother's choice to enroll my sister and I in a French school was seen by many of her friends as insane but my mother was a strong person who believed in the decisions she made. She did not believe in doing things the usual way; she always wanted to explore a different path. I still consider that to be the greatest gift apart from the fact that she gave birth to me and that I was honored to be called her daughter. Not to say that my mother was perfect, far from that. We had our challenges but in everything that she did and all the decisions she made, I knew in my heart she always had the best intentions in the world. And most of all, what she wanted for me was to be a happy, independent and successful woman!!
Thank you mother! Even if you are not here with me, you are with me in spirit.
I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
Tips on avoiding summer brain freeze and learning loss
Why you should keep your kids mentally engaged during the summer break
Numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth. Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children’s self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, high-quality summer programs keep students engaged in learning, teach them new skills, and encourage them to develop previously unseen talents. They allow children to form relationships with caring adults, help them stay fit and active, and foster creativity and innovation. To read more follow link http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.summerlearning.org/resource/collection/CB94AEC5-9C97-496F-B230-1BECDFC2DF8B/EveryChildMemorable.pdf