15 Minutes with … a Mother | PostIndependent.com

15 Minutes with … a Mother

Name: Denise GergenAge: 39Place of birth: Glendale, Calif. Occupation: Geographic information systems specialist with the Bureau of Land ManagementHow many children do you have and how old are they? Two daughters, Shae Mollica, 12 and Lara Mollica, 9.What was your greatest moment as a mother? I have to be more broad than a moment. Seeing when one of my children gets something – the aha! moment. Just to see their personalities emerging and their sense of wonder and exploration develop. What was the greatest Mother’s Day gift you were ever given? Breakfast in bed, it was a bowl of grits with a whole stick of butter.

What is the greatest challenge of motherhood? Being a mother, I see myself reflected back from my children, so it’s sort of a personal growth opportunity, which is always a challenge. Best vacation with your kids? Spring Break 2003, when we drove to Galveston and took a cruise to the Mexican Caribbean. Best games to play with your kids? Card games. Best place in Garfield County to take your kids: We like to sometimes, by a full moon, drive up to Ski Sunlight in the summer time, and hang out on the deck under the stars and singing songs together. I’d also say hiking Hanging Lake. What was your favorite book to read to your kids when they were little? “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John ArchambaultBest piece of motherhood advice you’ve ever received; or a parenting cliché to live by? Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re wrong or you don’t know it all or can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to say I’m sorry. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? For a while, I wanted to be a DJ, but most of the time I think I would have answered, a teacher.

If you only had three TV channels, what would you watch with your kids? Hallmark, Animal Planet and ABC Family. If you could invite any three mothers to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? I would invite the three mothers that have inspired me for the last several years that are close friends of mine: Connie Casey, Shera Tapp and Hillery Oddo. I would cook something very simple, and we would talk about what we would like to do with our children in the future. What’s the greatest child-rearing invention of all time? The greatest child rearing tools are not inventions, they come from within. FavoritesMovie: “Love Comes Softly”Breakfast cereal: Not grits. Probably oatmeal.

Song: “Find Your Wings” by Mark HarrisSinger: Chris RiceAthlete: Larry ByrdFood: SweetsWeb site: http://www.weather.gov Author: Ted Dekker Place in Garfield County: Glenwood CanyonSport to watch: Football

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