Kimberly Cabral is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for Arizona. She is also the wife and mother of a blended family of five children, who range in age from seven to seventeen-years-old. Kimberly started her organization MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) after a conversation with her sons, who were then in 4th and 6th grade. She realized how early children are being faced with challenges that she had previously thought only affected teens. Though Kimberly is passionate about the work she does at MASK, and believes in the importance of the programs they offer, her true inspiration and favorite job is being a mother.
School Involvement: I am involved in my son’s high school basketball booster club, I volunteer in my daughter’s second grade classroom when I can, and I also give presentations to students and parents on a variety of issues facing families today through my nonprofit organization, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids).
One thing that is going great in education in your state: One positive aspect of education in Arizona is that I see Department of Education members viewing substance abuse prevention, bullying and internet safety awareness as issues demanding attention within the school system.
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: A negative aspect of education in Arizona is that recently, there was a law proposed to the Arizona legislature aimed at holding schools accountable for bullying, and unfortunately it did not pass. I feel that bullying awareness and prevention should be permanently brought into the education system. Creating a healthy and safe learning environment for all children is the only way to ensure they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Favorite quote: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ? Mother Teresa
Favorite subject in school (and why): Art, because I enjoyed being able to express myself creatively and have it be accepted as part of my education.
Biggest wish for your kids: My biggest wish for my children is that they continue to make the positive life choices that have led them to their early life successes. I pray that they believe in themselves as the amazing, kind, smart, and good young people that they are, and that they follow their dreams, and know that anything is reachable as long as they believe in themselves.
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): The most rewarding stage of parenthood for me thus far has been watching my children grow into individuals that I not only love, but that I like as people.
Favorite family tradition: About once a month we create a buffet-style meal (usually tacos) on our coffee table and eat dinner in the living room while watching a movie as a family.
Favorite family activities: Through the years, my favorite family activities have included family dance night, family game night, and family movie night.
Favorite weeknight family dinner: My older children are very busy with competitive sports, so family dinners that include everyone during the week are often challenging. We do eat dinner together regularly, however, and that’s usually on the weekends. I love cooking (and eating!) homemade chicken noodle soup with my family.