Lessons in Motherhood: An Interview with Friend and Educator Cara Sams

Today I’m highlighting another wonderful mother in our spotlight series – Cara Sams.

Cara is one of the women I’ve known the longest here in Montreal.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Cara when I put my son in daycare at Garderie Bonne Aventure in Griffintown. Coming into school, Cara was one of the first smiling faces to greet us. And at the end of the day, the conversations we had as I attempted to pin down and dress my kids in their gear, were highlights of my day.

She helped my babies grow into the curious little people they are today. Now I have the joy of watching as her family grows.

A couple of interesting facts, Cara’s son and my daughter share a first name and birthday.

Here, Cara shares lessons, accomplishments, and advice from her experience as a mother of two.

One important lesson in motherhood

“When you think you’ve figured it all out – you haven’t! Children are magical, messy, infuriating, loving, surprising little beings who live by the beat of their own drums. I have learned, especially with my daughter who has Down Syndrome, that all things will come in time. You don’t always have the ability or the need to control everything.”

A great accomplishment

“Being a mom and aunt! I know it sounds cliché but it really is. I take immense pride in the relationships I have created with my nephew and my children. They can be their most authentic selves with me.”

What brings you the greatest joy?

My kids belly laughing! I love nothing more than to hear them find joy in something.

Advice you’d give your younger self

“My new life motto is “We will cross that bridge when we get there” – if you keep trying to figure it all out before you miss what is happening right in front of you. I am someone who is very organized and likes a plan. I have come to realize that you can change your own story whenever you want! That you don’t have to have it all figured out all the time and IT’S OK!”

Which one superpower would you choose?

Easy – to be in 100 places at once. As a mom and as a woman, I need/want to do a million things a day – would be nice to do it all and not be tired. 😂

What would you sing at karaoke?

None! I am the hype woman, not the singer!

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