Parent of the Year 2019: Linda Beaulieu
Nominated by her daughter, Linda is a hero in her own family.
Her Daughter Says:
There is no better mom than Linda. She does so much for my family, her sister’s family, her sister-in-law’s family, and rarely does stuff for herself, yet she almost never complains about it. She sets a great example for me and my younger brother and sister: she graduated from West Point, went to Wharton for business school, but she stays home instead of working to be with her kids and try to make our lives the best that they could be. Not only does she want me and my siblings to achieve great things like her, but she does everything in her power to make it happen. She is pretty much my unofficial college counselor, she has coached me in almost every sport at some point in my life, she used to be my chauffeur (before I got my license), and she is always on top of my schedule (and my siblings’ too). My mom is always there for me, no matter what the situation is. Oh, and she also has the strangest sense of humor and always tries to make my family laugh, even when it is a serious situation. She has been my role model ever since I was a little girl, and I am so lucky to have her as my mother.
Get To Know Linda
What is a favorite quote that inspires you?
The quote that has inspired me since sixth grade and is still as meaningful to me today is “anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
How do you find balance?
I think it’s easy to forget about our own well-being while raising children. We get so wrapped up in every aspect of their development that we forget to take time for own mental and physical well being. I personally find balance by staying active with reading, golf, tennis, photography, and travel. I’m always looking for new opportunities to learn and explore independently and with friends and family. Pursuing my own interests makes me a happier, more well-rounded person and a better parent.
If you could go back in time, what is some parenting advice would you give yourself the day your first child was born?
Enjoy the moment and don’t sweat the small stuff. And remember, 99% of it is the small stuff!