May Parent of the Month – Denise

Parents of the Month

NWMamahood recognizes Denise Cannon as the May Parent of the Month. As mothers we will go to the moon and back, plus sacrifice our livelihood for our children and Denise does that for her two children and husband on a daily basis.

She is positive, caring, and giving. She’s there for her kids, no matter the circumstance. She is strong mentally (and physically from carrying both a toddler and newborn at the same time)! Denise is an excellent example of being a selfless mother and friend. She’s an excellent example of being a Pacific Northwest mama because she’s out and about whether it’s raining or the sun is shining – giving her kids life experiences that’ll never forget.

NWMH appreciates and supports you Denise! You’re an amazing NW mama!

Let’s get to know Denise:
By: Denise Cannon

My name is Denise, I am 29 years old. My hometown is Tacoma and I am currently living in Burien. Not that far of a stretch form each other. I am currently a stay at home mom. I honestly don’t have any hobbies, every once in a while I sew up a few things (blankets & baby items).
My family consists of: husband Jorge, almost 3 year old Michael, and almost 4 month old Zaylee. I am very content with the family I have now. My husband and I have decided to not have any more children. From a financial and sanity stand point it makes the most sense for us.

What I enjoy most about parenthood is being able to give my children memories. For example taking my son out to see his friends as often as I can brings joy to me (even if it gets hectic and he is throwing fits). Reflecting on how much joy my son received from; playing with his friends, going to a museum, or to the zoo; brings me so much happiness. Something as small as reading books to my son and seeing how much he is learning brings me so much joy . Knowing that I am directly impacting their lives in numerous ways is very special to me.
My biggest supporters are my husband and my friends. My daughter had a rough start to life and having these people in my life was fundamental to my daughters’ and my wellbeing. The mamas I have met from Play and Learn are truly my best friends. They have supported me through some of hardest moments of my life. I am so thankful for them.
I love being a mom because there is unconditional love that I give and receive from my children. Those moments when my son kisses me and saids I love you, hits my soul in the best way possible. I look at my children and see LOVE in their eyes and I am so grateful to be their mother.
The hardest part of being a mom is forgetting myself, if that makes sense. Only when I really stop and reflect do I realize that I am losing myself. I no longer take care of myself like I did before having kids. I want to take care of myself but finding the time and justifying that time for myself is very hard. It seems like I can only choose one thing for myself, I can’t do all the things I want to for myself. Taking care of yourself requires a lot of time which I simply do not have. As my kids get older I am hoping I will be able to carve out more time for myself.


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