Who is this super Momma?
I am 36 years old and I am a teacher in Toronto. I have four children, ages 12 (boy), 9 (boy), 7 (girl), and 5 (boy). I had my first child David, at the age of 23. I like to spend time with my family, staying active and enjoying the outdoors.
Cecilia Cheung, 36 years old, Teacher, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Friend and Mom of 4.
Tell us about when you first became a Mom.
When I first found out I was going to become a mom, I was scared and nervous. I didn't know what to expect and to be honest, it was also an incredibly lonely time in the beginning. I was able to find the support from my mom as well as new friendships formed with women who had children around the same age. It then became easier because of these connections with people who I was able to relate with.
"...I didn't know what to expect and to be honest, it was also an incredibly lonely time in the beginning."
How has having children changed your life?
Having children has made me busier than I've ever been, but it also given me a sense of purpose. There is a reason to work hard and the cuddles make it all worth it.
"A family of wizards and witches heading to Platform 9 3/4 to take the train to Hogwarts." – Halloween 2018
Left to Right: David (12 years old), Elizabeth (7 Years old), Momma Cil (36 Years old), Christopher (7 years old), Matthew (5 years old). Expressing "Feels" for Mother's Day with their fave Bonnefetti Collections – Animal Friends, Box of Sweets and Have Heart Cards.
What's the biggest learning you've had since becoming a Mother?
I've learned that becoming a Mother means letting go of all control. Food that gets cold is the norm so anything that is luke warm becomes a treat. Spilled milk happens at almost every meal but as long as it doesn't get on the food, it's all good. Just go with the flow.
Momma's got to eat!
"I've learned that becoming a Mother means letting go of all control... just go with the flow."
– Cecilia and the kids riding to the park. Fully in control ;)
How do you stay connected with all four kids?
I stay connected with my kids by having one-on-one time with each of them. Having four children makes it very busy and that's why having this solo time together is important.
My kids call these times 'Dates with Mommy'. They choose something special to them, and at times, it's something as simple as going for ice cream. During these dates, we reconnect and chat and enjoy our time together.
What does your daily routine look like?
My daily routine begins very early in the morning. Bags and lunches are packed and everyone is ready to go. I drop off the kids to my parents' home where they eat breakfast. My mom will send them to school and I make my way to work. After a full day of teaching, I go home to make dinner, help with homework, and hang out together as a family. At the end of the day, I carve out time to chat with each child. This is my alone time with each of them to make sure I have a pulse on what's going on in their lives.
– Cecilia and the kids playing in the sun
What would you have told your 23 year old self now,
that you have had more experience as a Mom?
I would have told my 23 year old self to take advantage of the days I got to sleep in because once you have kids, sleeping in is no longer an option.
Who inspires you and why?
My Mother inspires me because she shows me that despite hardships she has had to endure, she continues to be happy, funny, and dependable.
The last point - being dependable - rings especially true because she has been my constant support. If I need anything, I know she is the one I can count on.
" To my beautiful and amazing mother, Millie Lam, thank you for all the love and support you give to me and my family. We love you so much. "
– From Cecilia
Words you live by?
As Moms and as Women, we feel the need to always drop everything we are doing for our children and everyone else around us. I constantly feel guilty. We don't take the time we need for ourselves, and even taking a work trip comes plagued with guilt. But showing our children the importance of time for ourselves, whether it's a date with hubby, time to exercise, or to be alone, that it's all okay because it doesn't make us bad Moms. If anything, it makes us better because we are reenergized and rested. I still feel guilty but need to remind myself that it's okay.
"whether it's a date with hubby, time to exercise, or to be alone, that it's all okay because it doesn't make us bad Moms. "
– Cecilia with Husband Michael Cheung
Why is it important to express "feels" and send cards?
Sending cards is important because of the effort it takes to both write and send the card. Writing an email or a text is instant but handwriting a card shows that you are willing to go that extra step to show your love.
– Bonnefetti Box Set of 12 Cards: Animal Friends, Box of Sweets and Have Heart Collection
Why do you think it's important to teach your kids to express "feels" and send cards?
It's important for my kids to learn the importance of sending notes of gratitude, appreciation, and love because at an age where everything is digital and instant, taking the time to handwrite something helps them reflect on why they are grateful and why they are showing love for the people around them.
Which Bonnefetti card did you choose to send
to your Mom for Mother's Day and why?
The Bonnefetti card I chose to send my Mom for Mother's Day is the "Have Heart" boxed set. It's the perfect mix of pink with hearts and exclamation marks. My fav combo!
"Writing an email or a text is instant but handwriting a card shows that you are willing to go that extra step to show your love."
– Cecilia Cheung
From the Desk of Bonnefetti
Cecilia Cheung is a dear friend of Bonnefetti's Creative Director, Nancy Ng.
The two met each other at the tender age of 6 in the First Grade, and have been friends ever since.
Cecilia, we dedicate your story of Motherhood to all the hardworking Mothers out there. Your story is inspiring, your family's joy is unmatched and we wish you extra hours of sleep on Mother's Day! From the bottom of heart, thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I'm truly inspired by all that you do and the amazing, thoughtful, kind and loving kids you're raising. If no one has told you... you're doing an amazing job!