SOUTH WEBER — Sherrie Brown’s kids learned the value of work, but they also learned their mom always put them first.
“My kids are grown, but even today I still don’t buy myself clothes,” the South Weber Mother of the Year said.
Brown was nominated by her daughter Brittani Hansen, who wrote in the nominating letter. “She always did what she could for us kids, even when she couldn’t, she would find a way.”
Brown was a single mom a portion of the time she was raising her kids, and money wasn’t plentiful, she said. Neither was the time she had to spend with her kids.
“It was a struggle working a lot of hours and juggling day care and my job,” she said.
She made sure the mortgage was paid and that there was food on the table, but if the kids wanted something special, like an expensive pair of jeans, they were expected to pay for it themselves.
Growing up, her two daughters and son began working at 14, doing things like baby sitting and mowing lawns. By 16, they each got a part-time job, but Brown saw that they each had a car to get them back and forth to work.
“They weren’t the greatest cars,” she said.
Still it wasn’t all work for Brown. She supported her kids in their activities — for the girls, soccer, dance and tumbling. Her son was involved in “every sport there was,” she said, winning awards along the way.
“I like to watch the kids doing the things they like to do,” she said.
She especially remembers family vacations with the kids, often camping. That translates into the activities she enjoys today — hiking, mountain biking and fishing, “anything outdoors.
Hansen called her mom “the most influential person in my life.”
Advice Brown would give to other mothers is to “always make sure your kids know you’re there for them,” she said.
That means “keeping tabs on them.” Calling herself overprotective, Brown said it’s important to know where your kids are and who they’re with.
“If they say they’re going to a friend’s house, call the parents,” she said.
Calling today’s society crazy, Brown said kids’ peers have a big influence on them.
Her children still live nearby. Both daughters live in South Weber and her son lives in Ogden, giving her ample opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren.