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BigView – We Love Our Moms

BigView Mom Always Knows Best

By Chris Murphy and our ModestoView friends There is really nothing more special than a mother. The nurturing, the life, the creation, the caring and the guidance for a new life and a future life. There is something about the mother instinct, the intuition, and of course the meaningful tips for living. In May, we celebrate Mother’s Day, but we feel the bonds of mother and child all the time. There are special moments and special times that create who we are. This month, our ViewCrew and our ModestoView readers reached inside to tell us about their own tips of being a mom and shared the tips about how their moms made them who they are. Let’s celebrate our Moms together. This is also posted online at and we welcome you to add your own story.

Rebecca Murphy Our mom taught me us many life skills that we use all the time. We would say the name game thing for parenting (take a letter away for misbehaving, then you lose a privilege if you lose your whole name) and just a key basic skill would be – “kill them with kindness! Always take the high road”. This has really helped us be successful. From Madison and Abigail Murphy

Always keep the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) on speed dial! – Vickie Van Dyke

Alvarino Mangano What I remember most is that she always told me to “be yourself and be happy”. From Michael J Mangano

Charlotte Murphy My mom deserves a hall of fame award for surviving my childhood. Patience was her virtue her endless direction of my hyperactivity were her amazing skills. I feel that my life would have been a lot different and less successful if I had not had the mother I have. I truly believe that raising a curious and creative child is a wonderful thing. From Chris Murphy

Always have dinners together, creates family bond and communication. Provide your children, no matter the age, with plenty of hugs and kisses. This keeps them young at heart always. By Maryanne Lopez

Rebecca Murphy If you teach a child the pleasure of reading, you open the world to them. A book can take you anywhere and you can learn about nearly everything. A child’s books are the gateway to creativity, intelligence and fun. If someone says they don’t like reading…they haven’t found the right book.

Jaci Shervington Lester Time, our time with our children is priceless to them. Tradition, meals together and different experiences are key to awesome children.

Kathy Ann Flood Best Advice: If you made a decision when things where going well, stick with it in times of trouble. Don’t turnaround and look backwards. Keep your eyes forward on God. 2nd Best Advice: when needing to make a life changing decision a multitude of counsel is best to listen to and hear each and every opinion before making the final decision. By Tiffany Ratzlaff

Mrs. Mary Ellen Martinez Teaching my children how to pray and love one another through our Christian Catholic faith was just as important to me as loving them daily and unconditionally. From Efren Martinez

Jamalee Tornell My mother has tons of amazing advice, and the older I get, the more I appreciate it! I remember being a teenager, feeling frustrated with her and venting to one of my friends on the phone. She overheard and afterward, instead of berating me, calmly said, “I will always be your mother. Be careful how you talk about the permanent people in your life. Be kind and prudent with your words as you cannot erase the impressions you make.” The photo is of my mom when she was in high school. She graduated from Ripon High School’s class of 1960. From Ellen Burchett

My mother Bette passed away in 1992 when I was 29 and she was only 50 (a victim of MS). I am now 51 with two teenagers of my own and like to pass on her wisdom and tips, some heartfelt and some just funny. Here are a few: ~music cures many ills, you can be anything you want, always accessorize, and don’t eat raw bacon. Thank you for letting me share 🙂 from Sarah Gault

There have been so many advice my mother has given me but the one that has helped me when I’ve been down was, “Keep laughing, keep your humor, always see the fun in life and turn an uncomfortable situation into something you can make jokes about.” Thats her personality always trying to put a smile on your face and cracking jokes to bring people together. From Domi Vargas

Amy Vickery Inspire creativity! I relish every opportunity to expose our kids to art, music, dance, poetry, nature and all that fosters their imaginations. Because they will grow up too quickly and find themselves in a world where creativity and imagination are lacking…where make believe is rare and struggles are certain. I work at keeping them young and helping them experience all that life can offer but also teaching them to recognize how blessed they are, so that they will develop hearts to serve and change the world in phenomenal ways.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.