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Cape Gazette " CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, MARCH 15- MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013 SS Mother Continued from page 53 "Every job, story, volunteer position, radio station I listen to in the car -- everything I do, I think about how it will affect my daughter's life, as well as the example I am presenting," Hoey- Stevenson said. It was this perspective that earned herthe title of Young Mother of the Year for 2013. Hoey-Stevenson will join Mother of the Year Lou Ann Rieley, "I was shocked when they told me I won," said Hoey-Stevenson. "It's such a grefit honor." Her 8-year-old daughter, Lydia, and her husband, David, joked that if Hoey-Stevenson was the young mother, how old was the old mother. Officials choose the young mother based on the child's age, she said. In addition to their daughter together, Lydia, David had six children prior to marrying Hoey- Stevenson, and the couple has 13 grandchildren. "My priorities became very clear once we had Lydia. It is God, family, job," she said. "I'm a mom, and that's my job." At 38, Hoey-Stevenson became a stay-at-home mom when Lydia was born. She recently returned to work as part-time develop- ment director for a Lewes-based educational foundation that pro- vides funding for innovative teaching and character develop- ment. !'Every child is different, and I believe a parent should help the child explore different avenues and ideas and encourage those in which the child shows interest without taking over," she said. "I always say being a parent makes me stronger and weaker at the same time. I know I can stand up to anything for the sake of this child, but also that a small slight to her can feel like a crushing blow to me." As secretary of the state Re- publican Party, Hoey-Stevenson has been involved in many campaigns in Kent and Sussex counties, including working for Glen Urquhart. She said work- ing on campaigns taught her a lot and helped her show the importance of government to her daughter. "I really want Lydia to have these good role models of a strong woman, so she knows that if she wants to be president, she can go out and do that," Hoey- Stevenson said. When a babysitter got a tattoo, Hoey-Stevenson sat down with Lydia and explained the perma- nence of a tattoo. "I said, remember how you used to like Barney? Well do you like Barney now? Well what if when you really liked Barney, you got a tattoo?" Hoey-Ste- venson said. "Think about that before you ever do anything permanent to your body." Hoey-Stevenson has a degree in psychology and co-authored the book, "Overcoming Misfor- tune: Children Who Beat the Odds," a book that explored the positive side of psychology. She is a freelance writer for Reuters, Gannett, the Associated Press Magazine and Delaware Beach Life. "Every child is different; they aren't lumps of clay. There is no and the NewsJournal, Parade recipe that if you throw all of this in, you will have a super kid," Hoey-Stevenson said. "The job of a parent is to educate, equip and empower a child to become a responsible, thoughtful, caring and independent adult." The awards will be presented by the Delaware Association of RACHEL SWICK MAVITY PHOTO THE RIELEY FAMILY of Millsboro includes (I-r) Megan Rieley Steam; Kelly Rieley Cooper; Matthew Rieley; Nora Rieley Cooper, 17 months, being held by Mother of the Year Lou Ann Rieley; ChrisRieley; Lou Ann's parents Louise and Edward Dorey; and James Rieley. American Mothers and Gov. Jack Markell at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at the Governor's Cafe in Do- ver. The national Association of American Mothers Inc. conven- tion will begin Thursday, April 25, in New York City. For more information, go to www.Ameri- Only Full Apparatus Studio in Sussex County Group Mat & Reformer Classes mn0 Highly Qualified Instructors Call for a FREE Consultation 698-5201 CARDIAC PULMONARY Ranked In the Top 5% in the Nation for Ranked In the Top 1 0% in the Nation Coionary Interventional Procedures for Overall Pulmonary Services ORTHOPEDIC WOMEN'S HEALTH Ranked In the Top 5% in the Nation for Ranked In the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services, Joint Women's Health (2012) Beebe Replacement, and Spine Surgery Visit our website to learn more about our Medical VASCULAR award winning services, beebemed.grg Center Ranked #1 in Delaware for Vascular Lewes, Del. J[] Surgery