Stress-Free, Baby!

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Desiree is a winner of Top 25 Southern Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in the South?

Things in the South move at a slower pace and I love that for my children. The weather is mild, so summer seems to stretch a little longer and there's plenty of opportunity for lots of outdoor fun, from playing at the lake or ocean, to challenging each other to tennis matches year-round, to enjoying football games with our favorite teams, whether that's at the pee wee, college or professional level. Family seems to hold more significance in the South and that's an important lesson to pass on to our children.

What's the biggest misconception about living in the South?

Some people seem to believe people in the South are simply ignorant. Wrong. Just because someone speaks with a drawl and likes things at a slower pace, that doesn't mean they are 'slower' mentally. In fact, I personally think many times we're more intelligent simply because we don't let on exactly what we know and use it to our advantage.

What do your kids love most about living in the South?

My kids love the weather and the fact that they can do so much outdoors pretty much year round. We never have to 'shut down' our backyard pool, and it's not rare to play tennis in January, despite a few snowflakes that might surprise us. Yes, we sometimes see snow, which they love, but we also get a minimal amount (which I love).