Skyler Wins Time Warner Cable’s “Best Mom” Essay Contest!

Donna_Skyler_PintoThis is truly the best award a mom could ever get! Skyler’s essay was selected out of hundreds and hundreds of other “mom” essays submitted by 9-18 year olds throughout San Diego County.  I am so touched by Skyler’s sentiments describing me and how much I mean to him. I will be one of 50 moms honored at a Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Hyatt -La Jolla. Thank you Time Warner Cable and thank you Skyler!(Shared with Skyler’s permission)…



When I think of my mom, I am reminded of a book that has many interesting chapters. The title of the book could be “My Mom’s Many Unique Talents and Traits.”  She helps a lot of people, and works as a grant writer for non profit organizations. My mom is very fun, caring, and healthy, and these traits affect the people around her, including me.


Chapter one of my mom’s book is that she likes to take me to fun places. She sometimes takes me to amusement parks, and we have had lots of fun times there. She once took my brother and me to Knott’s Berry Farm, and she rode the roller coasters with us. Chapter two is about how she also plays a lot of sports with me. Our favorite sport to play together is basketball. One day when I was playing basketball with my mom, I beat her 20-8. A few days later we played again and she beat me 20-18!

Chapter three is about how caring my mom is. One thing that she does is teach other women through her website how to prevent cancer. She once helped a lady who had pre cancerous cells feel better and have peace of mind. Chapter four is about how she helps me with my homework. Whenever I need her, she is there to help me. Once when I needed help on an essay, she went through each paragraph with me, and the paper turned out to be great!

The fifth chapter is about how healthy my mom is and how it rubs off on our family and friends. She teaches our family, and other people about nutrition and how to eat healthy constantly. She even gives health tips on her website, and has a garden that she plants organic vegetables and herbs in. She now eats vegetables with every meal, and she has our whole family eating vegetables as well. Chapter six is all about how my mom stays fit by going to the gym or running every day. She usually works out for an hour and a half, or if she goes running, she will run for 5 miles. She even encourages me to run. Every day, she tells me to go outside and run around to get my exercise. Thanks to my mom, I am outside every day for at least an hour and a half.


In conclusion, my mom has taught me a lot about having fun, caring for others, and staying healthy. She is always encouraging me to be the best I can be. She is a great role model for not only me, but for many others. My mom’s book says a lot about her, but it is really just scratching the surface.

About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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7 Responses to Skyler Wins Time Warner Cable’s “Best Mom” Essay Contest!

  1. Glenn says:

    Awesome proud of you both


  2. Andi says:

    Exactly what I would have said about you!! Love you DD!


  3. Kay Ashley says:

    Awww, how sweet. What a tribute to a special lady!


  4. kat says:

    What an honor for Donna and Skyler! It shows how proud you are of one another and how as a Mom you have influenced your son, Skyler in such a positive way by being a shining example: in living a healthy organic lifestyle; staying calm and at peace; being loving, kind, encouraging and supportive of others as well as to your family and loved ones. Congratulations!!! Love, Light and Blessings to both of you!


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