Sarah Wold-Hanson

Sarah Wold-Hanson
Therapy Manager at LifeScape

Mother of Lexy, 21 | Drew, 15 | Kendyl, 9

What is the hardest part about being a mother?

Honestly, I think the hardest part about being a mother is finding that just right balance of work, rest, and play. As our children have gotten older, we have become so busy and sometimes have to divide our time between work and activities. It is a constant juggling act!

What is the best part about being a mother?

I love it when my kids open up and confide in me to tell me about things that are bothering them at school or with their friends. I may not be able to “fix” the problem, but I hope that listening and offering guidance, love, and support helps in some small way.

Tell us your favorite story about one of your kids.

When my son, Drew was turning six, I was pregnant with our third child and due at any time. My husband, Mike, and daughter, Lexy, pitched in to create the coolest Army birthday party (aptly titled Mission: Birthday Party) for him. They set up a military obstacle course in the backyard complete with water bombs, squirt guns, a slip and slide, catapult etc. The pure joy and happiness of our son on that day was priceless and a moment in time that I will never forget.

What is your favorite time-saver?

I complete a load or two of laundry every day. I try to never let it pile up so that I don’t have to spend all day on a Saturday doing laundry.

What is your favorite sanity-saver?

I love having quiet time in the early morning to enjoy coffee with my husband. It seems to be the only time of the day when we can enjoy being together before we are off and running and sets a positive tone for the day. When the weather is nice, we enjoy sitting on the deck with our coffee watching for elk, deer, and a little fox that likes to play in the creek behind our home.

What is your philosophy on discipline?

If you make a mistake, admit it, accept the consequences, and move on. I am trying to instill in my children that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, however, it is important to have a teachable spirit and learn from your mistakes.

What is your favorite local family place?

We live in Hill City, SD, which is a rockin’ little town! We love to shop and browse in many local favorites including Granite Sports, the Handbag Store, Warriors Work, and Jewel of the West. Some of our favorite places to eat include Silver Dollar Saloon, Chute Rooster, Bumpin Buffalo, and Sylvan Lake Lodge. We are so blessed to have Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park in close proximity for spectacular views and hiking with our family.

What is your favorite parenting must-have?

I really love reading the DK Illustrated Family Bible with my youngest daughter, Kendyl. We typically read one or two stories each night and then discuss and reflect on the stories and try to draw parallels to our own lives.

Name a time when you felt like a parenting genius.

Recently, another mother told me that her little girl, a three year old, loves my daughter, and says “Kendyl is my best friend”. Kendyl is so kind and loving to younger children so to hear something like that from another parent makes me feel like I’ve done something right.

I could have won the worst mother award when…

When Lexy was in elementary school, she invited some little boys from her class to her “all girl” birthday party and several of the mothers called me to inquire about the party. I felt horrible to tell them that the boys weren’t invited. I should have just relaxed and included the boys too.

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