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Mothers Day Reflections

As we ponder Mother’s Day, we remember with fondness our own mother, Joan, the matriarch and strength of our family. An inspiration in all that we do.

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We also realize, sometimes with trepidation, that we are now the light for our generation of little ones. We have the profound role of being “mom” to those tiny people that we have brought into the world.

Cathy is proud mother to son Gianluca and daughter Vienna; and Tanya is mother to Quinlan and mother-to-be to her second child expected in June.

Real Estate is a demanding profession, there is no 9-5, no weekends off. Likewise, motherhood is, as it should be, all encompassing. So we are constantly working on perfecting work-life balance. While there is no way to be a perfect mom, there are a million ways to be a good one. Here are a few tips for our fellow moms in time for Mother’s Day:

  • You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

  • Remember to take time to live life, it will inspire your work

  • Schedule your priorities – this will keep you on track

  • Make time for serendipity – when the unexpected pops up, go with the flow

  • Build your community – friends & family will help you if you just say “please”

  • Enjoy the great outdoors – crucial with little ones

  • Exercise – make this a priority!

  • Bend the rules – that’s right, you’re in charge!

  • Say “no” and move on

So to all of the mothers in the world who are juggling the needs of many, you need to feel confident in the choices you make, measure yourself against your goals and feel proud of your achievements. Your children look up to you to provide them with a road map in life, so throw your best self out there, and the universe will reward you.

Speaking of scheduling priorities, grab your calendar and set a reminder for The Kite Festival on Sunday, June 5th from 11am – 4pm at Brant Hills Park. Join us as we “Let Fun Take Flight” with free kite building and decorating, face painting, balloon animals, magic and more! This annual event runs rain or shine and is a fabulous community event. For more information, visit RoccaSisters.ca. Hope to see you there.

Rocca Sisters & Associates Taking Action to Help Fight Cancer

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On Thursday, February 4th, the world will unite to spread the message that ‘We can. I can’ help prevent and fight cancer.  World Cancer Day 2016 aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about this devastating disease that has affected so many of us in one way or another.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30-69)*.  That is such a staggering statistic!  A vital part of striving to conquer cancer is awareness. Learning and paying attention to the tell-tale symptoms is incredibly important along with regular checkups and physicals.  An integral part of winning the battle is early detection and prevention.

The 2016 World Cancer Day theme, ‘We Can. I can’, explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. This is a day of reflection and action – whether that is running your own campaign, attending an event, donating or simply sharing your story, raise your voice and join the others around the world to push for greater awareness.

Like many in our community, we ourselves have been touched and greatly impacted by Cancer. In 2004, our Mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer by chance during a routine checkup.  Mom’s cancer was already in an advanced stage.  With hope, determination, support from family & friends, and a strong faith she fought hard for five years until she lost her battle. We still cherish the years we had with our mom and like everyone who loses a loved one, our time was cut far too short. We yearn to embrace her each and every day, but we continue to fight the war against cancer in her honour.

Life gets busy, but it is so important to make time for regular checkups and physicals – and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Through prevention and early detection we can help save lives. Get involved, learn and share.  To learn more about our story and our Cancer Initiatives, please visit our website, www.roccasisters.ca.

We invite you to join the World Cancer Day ‘Talking Hands’ Social Media campaign on Feb. 4th.  Write a supportive message on your hand using the ‘We can. I can’ theme.  Then take a picture of the message and share it on social media.  We would love to see your messages, so please tag The Rocca Sisters & Associates in your posts.  For more information on this campaign, please visit www.worldcancerday.org.

SOURCE: worldcancerday.org/about

 

The Rocca Sisters & Associates Honour Family Literacy Day

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Today is Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27th to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

It is so important to take the time each day to read with our children, even if it is just for 15 minutes a day.  Make reading an enjoyable and distraction-free experience that is part of your day-to-day life.  Bed time stories are the perfect opportunity to bond with your children while encouraging their reading skills.

In honour of Family Literacy Day, the Rocca Sisters & Associates would like to highlight some children’s authors that have resided in Burlington, Ontario.

Lana Button

Lana Button is a children’s author, freelance writer and early childhood educator.  She has worked with young children for more than twenty years. She is also a freelance writer, and has contributed child development articles to national magazines including Today’s Parent and ParentsCanada.  She is the author of Willow’s Whispers, Willow Finds a Way and Willow’s Smile.  For more information about Lana Button and the books she has written, please visit her website at www.lanabutton.com

Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll is an award-winning author of more than 30 novels for young people.  She was an editor for “Today’s Parent Toronto” for eight years, and is best known for her award-winning published works such as Project Disaster, The Big Race, Jump Start, Bringing Up Beauty and Caught in a Lie.  She has a passion for reading and writing and enjoys teaching young writers. For more information about Sylvia, please visit her website at http://www.sylviamcnicoll.com/.

Chris Francis

Chris Francis is a junior level teacher in Burlington, Ontario.  He has a passion for writing and illustrating and is currently working on a middle grade series. He has also created a teen-fiction story titled, Stoneway. Also known for his children’s picture books called Mr. Pancake Turkey, How Mr. Monster Biggens Changed My Life, etc. His latest children’s book is called Remembering Kaylee Cooper. More information can be found on his website at www.francisart.com.

Jennifer Maruno

Jennifer Maruno is a long-time educator.  Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award and the Pacific Northwest Libarary Association Young Readers Choice Award.  She is also the author of Warbird, Cherry Blossom Winter, Kid Soldier, and Totem. She enjoys working with children and teachers to foster a love of reading. For more information, please visit www.jennifermaruno.com

There are so many resources available to help foster a great literacy environment in your home.  It is so important to encourage our children to have a love of reading and it is our responsibility to lay a good foundation for literacy in children.

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