South's Greatest Moms and Dads

The Moms and Dads Contests are among our favorite because they are usually nominated by their children and voted on by family, and friends of their children. There is nothing more important in life than family, friends, and close personal connections. Here are the winners of this year’s contests and some of their advice and insights on family and parenting.

Susan Cornett Advice for new parents: “Spend as much time with your children as you can, cherish every special moment, and realize it's the little things in life that bring the most happiness.”

Horace Scott On raising his daughter, Sophia (5 months): “One of the greatest joys is when I come home from work and she instantly recognizes my face and then starts to laugh and smile real wide.”

Frances Marie On challenges: “One of the greatest challenges has been raising my daughter in a multicultural environment given our Hispanic heritage. It is important that I help her understand, value, and cherish our Hispanic traditions and at the same time embrace and feel proud of being American.”

Kim Icovozzi On challenges: “Well since we have five, each with their own personalities, it has always been important to give love and attention on an individual basis.”

Lori Piclemeister Advice for new parents: “It matters what you say. They will believe what you say to them and about them. Psychologists tell us that for every negative statement it takes ten positive statements to counteract.”

Randy Smith On his eight kids: “They love, defend, and fight each other like crazy!”

Joesph Langley On raising his daughter, Carleigh: “My greatest joys raising my daughter have been watching her grow, learn, laugh, and most of all being her best friend. As soon as I walk through the door she yells “Daddy, Daddy!” and that just melts my heart.”

Susan Lingerfeler Advice for new parents: “Have stability in yourselves and your marriage or your life partner. Make sure this is what you both want. Stand by each other in this endeavor, because this is truly the most loving act as partners that you will embark on.

McBrier Maloney Is she could change the past: “If I could change the past, I would have listened to my father who would advise me to keep life simple … KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Picnics, camping, building castles at the beach, making homemade ice cream are all happy memories to cherish!”