The Journeys of Z Club NY Parents!

By June 22, 2016blog

Z Club NY has many wonderful instructors, staff members, and participants of all walks of life. Many of our most wonderful and loved team members are also parents – raising their little ones to be the best, most wonderful version of themselves that the can be. Read more about their journeys as parents…  – by Yali Szulanski for Z Club NY.

Shahidah Beltran-Prats

shahidah21. What has been a great lesson you have learned from your child(ren)?
Patience, unconditional love and strength.
 
2. What do you hope that your child(ren) learn from you?
Patience, unconditional love and strength as-well-as a passion to experience culture and appreciation for education.
 
3. What (still) surprises you about being a parent?
How my son continues to grow and develop everyday, one day he looks like me and the next he looks more like my husband.  He is only 10 months so everything’s happening so fast, it’s amazing to watch his little personality expand and grow.
 
4. What is something wonderful that your child(ren) has/ve said or done? 
When my husband and/or I take naps with Enzo and he wakes up before us, he wakes us up with slobbery baby kisses.  My heart melted the firstshahidah time he did it and I said to my husband (as new parents figuring life out), at least we’re doing something right.
 
5. How do(es) your child(ren) inspire you?
My child inspires me to be grateful and to keep my eye on what’s most important.  He also inspires me to appreciate my parents in a whole new way and view life from an entirely different perspective.

 

 

Xavier Marzan

xavier1. What has been a great lesson you have learned from your child(ren)?
My greatest lesson I have learn from my son is the love you get from a child and to always be true and be a great roll model in what ever you do. I also learn and understand why our parents was so much on top of us with love and dedication and teaching us the good and bad  . I see  it and feel it and it reminds me all the stuff my parents did for me and made me who I am today .  So thank you mom & dad and thanks to my son Dylan for reminding me to always stay on track and keep on moving .
 
2. What do you hope that your child(ren) learn from you?
Respect, honesty and manners. I want him to always remember we are all created equal and we should treat everyone just like he wants to be treated. Nothing more nothing less .
 
3. What (still) surprises you about being a parent?
What surprises me about being a parent is that everything matters . Before I didn’t care about certain things but now everything I do or say matters and how much emotions I have for a life  and even life itself .
 
4. What is something wonderful that your child(ren) has/ve said or done? 
I notice kids always know what’s going on even when you think you don’t . I try to teach my son to be honest and he can talk to me about anything .
One time I was feeling down but wasn’t showing it . And he came up and told me … You know what Daddy X ? I love you and everything will be ok . I know it ! ( I almost fainted )
 
Or the time he called me and told me I know we don’t see each other much but I love you … Sigh no words !
 
5. How do(es) your child(ren) inspire you?
There’s is no words for this … Everything I do or say it’s totally an inspiration . He makes me want to be the best thing … I want to be able to be what ever he wants me to be … And much much more .

 

Irina Peschan
irinap1. What has been a great lesson you have learned from your child(ren)?
Planning is futile. Flexibility is key. Surrender is boss. Breath is wisdom. Love is all.
 
 
2. What do you hope that your child(ren) learn from you?
I believe we come to this world who we are and that parents’ job is to nurture and guide. I hope to be the best version of myself so that they can become the best versions of themselves. Traits like kindness, compassion, honesty, etc. to me are non-negotiable. I live that and I hope they will too.
 
 
3. What (still) surprises you about being a parent?
Ok this is totally cliche: how is it that I love you more each day? No seriously, how’s that possible?
 
4. What is something wonderful that your child(ren) has/ve said or done? 
Where do I begin? The truth is that we as parents find wonder in moments that others may not recognize as being wonderful at all. This morning my 2 year old woke up as I was leaving home and walked me to the door, “I walk mama to the door,” kissed me bye bye, and ran off. I levitated out of the house, heart full of love and pride.
 
5. How do(es) your child(ren) inspire you?
We as women (and men too) are so incredibly critical of ourselves, so harsh towards ourselves, so nasty with our thoughts and words about ourselves…aren’t we?! My toddler looks in the mirror and proclaims her beauty. She owns it and rejoices in it. I am a perfectly fine looking human being but the negative voice has often been louder than the positive. I’m reminded by my little one that self love, self praise, self appreciation, self care are not things to be ashamed of or brushed aside. We as women, as mothers, as parents, as human beings walking this Earth must practice what comes so easily to our children.

 

Edmee Cherdieu D’Alexis
kidz1. What has been a great lesson you have learned from your child(ren)?
Determination. My kids know what they want and nothing can make them change their mind.
2. What do you hope that your child(ren) learn from you?
That everything is possible with a can do attitude  and hard work. Never let others stop you from your goal. 
 
3. What (still) surprises you about being a parent?
Everything! I am learning and observing with open an heart everyday.
 
4. What is something wonderful that your child(ren) has/ve said or done? 
I asked my daughter once how do you know you love me for suredmeee … She said I know it because I feel it here in my heart!!! I always remember that – especially now that she is a teenager and will never say such thing!! Lol good memories :)
 
5. How do(es) your child(ren) inspire you?
I realized that my kids are a reflection of me. It pushes me to be better everyday so that they can be inspire them self.

 

 

Yali Szulanski
z1. What has been a great lesson you have learned from your child(ren)?
Patience and kindness –  Nurturing a safe and loving space for my daughter in the world means nurturing it within myself as well. I have learned to consciously take more moments to be kind, loving, and compassionate with myself through frustrating times so that I can be kind, loving, compassionate – and patient – with her always.
2. What do you hope that your child(ren) learn from you?
I hope she (and any future kiddos) learn that there is no limit to their potential. My job as a parent is to create the space for her to learn, grow, and thrive. Her job  is to live, love, laugh and explore all the possibilities life has to offer her.  
 
3. What (still) surprises you about being a parent?
Just how much more my heart can open every day. Being a mom has tapped into an infinite well of love that I wasn’t aware existed within me.
 
4. What is something wonderful that your child(ren) has/ve said or done? 
Everything? Every day there is something new and wonderful that she does, or observes, or discovers. She has just recently started saying ‘Mama’, which fills my heart to bursting every time I hear it. My mom has been teaching her how to find things in Spanish – so now when we say,  “Donde esta Mickey Mouse?” or “Donde esta la luz?” (light) or “Donde esta Mama?” She finds them all – it’s so fun :).
 
5. How do(es) your child(ren) inspire you?
My daughter is unabashedly unashamedly unfearingly herself. Every single day. She has not learned any of the ways that society quiets our souls. Her spirit expresses herself through her every day, and I love that. I learn so much from her about being present in her full honest self every day. That – and she is always curious about the world around her. There is nothing that won’t capture her interest. I feel that we could all benefit from being a little bit more curious and excited about our own worlds.

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