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20 Questions with Stacy Kuper

Stacy Kuper is a working mother who is active in the Upstate community, volunteering with organizations such as the American Red Cross, March of Dimes and Ronald McDonald House. A native of Herndon, Virginia, Kuper lives in Greenville with her husband and two daughters, Alexandra Fink, 18, and Helen, 5.

1. What’s the funniest thing your daughters have done?

My oldest daughter is notorious for tripping going up the stairs at least once a week. The funny thing is that the youngest is now doing the same thing. They both will yell out “I am OK!” when it happens.

2. What quality do you most admire in others?

Ambition and family values.

3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

I grew up in Cyprus from 5 – 15 years old and my favorite memory is how Sundays family came together with no invites or planning. It was a given that after church we would all be together — aunts, uncles, cousins and my dear grandfather at the head of the table.

4. How do you juggle being a working parent with your kids?

Being a full-time working parent is not easy. I have learned not to feel bad that I can’t come eat lunch in the cafeteria or help chaperon a field trip. I make sure I am home in the evenings and cook a special dinner every night so we all eat together. I also make sure I am present at special events and recitals. Spending time talking doing activities together on the weekends is also a must.

5. What advice would you give other working parents?

It was hard when my oldest daughter would always ask why other moms can volunteer and do more things with them at school. I had to find other things that she could see as special and I stopped allowing myself to feel bad that I couldn’t do everything.

6. Where’s the best place to take kids in the Upstate?

The Greenville Zoo.

7. What’s your super power?

Juggling everything and always being happy around the kids.

8. When you were younger, what did you want to be?

A lawyer.

9. What are your hobbies?

I love working on our house with my husband. I love woodworking and painting when I have time.

10. What is something important life has taught you?

Do what you can do and do it in the best way you can and be proud with your accomplishments. There is always someone out there that will judge you and that’s OK. Ignore it!

11. What is your favorite family ritual?

Saturday morning is cleanup time. We all start with our chores early so we can play the rest of the weekend. Helen wakes up now running into my room on Saturdays saying “Cleanup time, Mom! Get up so we can finish early and go have fun.” Sunday night, I always cook a great big Greek meal and we eat in the dining room.

12. What always makes you laugh?

I love the imagination that both my daughters have. It makes me giggle to hear some of their stories

13. What would surprise people about you?

That I am very handy around the house and I love cooking.

14. What has surprised you most about being a parent?

That I started sounding like my mother!

15. What is your favorite indulgence?

A baby-sitter and a great dinner with my husband.

16. Whom do you most admire?

My mother.

17. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?

Cleopatra or Bill Gates.

18. What book do you most recommend to others?

“War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy.

19. What’s your signature dish?

Greek potatoes, beef kebabs and my signature tzatziki sauce.

20. What is the best gift parents can give their child?

Education, and start talking about college when they are very young. My oldest just started Duke University and when we were saying our goodbyes, she said to me, “Mom, it’s OK that you didn’t pack me lunch or could come to all my activities. You made sure I had the best education you could give me and made sure that I worked hard towards college and here I am. I couldn’t have done it without you!”