Ask Kathryn Howell’s 11-year-old daughter Kailey about just how cool her mom is and she’ll tell you about the time her mom surprised her by arranging to have her favourite band of all time R5, FaceTime and serenade her happy birthday. Or perhaps she’ll tell you about all the awesome concerts she attends with her mom. On the flip side, Kathryn also loves taking her 8-year-old son Dylan to sporting events such as hockey or pulling her hair back in a ponytail to head out on a camping trip with her family.
Kathryn is a professional multitasker, balancing her time between her husband and kids, job as Marketing Strategist with CAA, founder of Dog Paddling Adventures, her dog Jessie and her addiction to social media and television. Yet in between it all, Kathryn finds the time to write and share her adventures on her blog Tails of the Howell Family.
How are you planning to spend Mother’s Day? Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?
Kathryn: On special days of the year like birthdays, Mom’s Day & Father’s Day, we always do breakfast in bed! The kids and Eren put in a lot of effort to make all my favorites. Our yearly tradition is to always do something outdoors, typically a hike. Something for the entire family including our dog Jessie. Then we will enjoy a family meal with the Grandmothers and extended family.
What are some of your favourite activities to do with your mom?
Kailey: My favorite thing to do with my mom is going to concerts or going out somewhere together because it’s really fun and also I like going bike riding with her in the summer.
Dylan: My favorite thing to do with my mom is snuggle, play outside and jump on the trampoline.
Can you share with us what makes your mom so special?
Kailey: Something that makes my mom special is how nice she is! She will usually let me do what I want whether it’s going to a concert or a friend’s house. My mom is also really funny at times.
Dylan: My mom is special because she really loves me and snuggles with me and makes me happy.
What makes you proud to be their mom?
Kathryn: I am proud of so many things but what I am most proud of is how caring and empathetic they both are. They care about others and show that in everything they do.
If you could give your tween(s) one piece of advice you wish you knew at their age, what would it be?
Kathryn: When I was a tween, I couldn’t wait to be a teen and to grow up. When I watch the kids enjoy new friends, new adventures and learning new things, I realize that there is no need to rush. Enjoy these moments, enjoy the laughter, the silly fun, the girl talk, the learning and the innocence. There is no rush!
Photo courtesy of Kathryn Howell