About the Author

Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson is a highly sought after speaker, multi best-selling author, award winning exec. producer and filmmaker, business leader, visionary, philanthropist, purpose connection coach, editor-in-chief of Cheryl Magazine, and most importantly a servant leader.

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  1. With our children, we started giving them more experiences (in lieu of gifts) for birthdays and holidays. We don’t do it every year, but we’ve done it many years. I definitely want to continue this. In many ways, it has taken a lot of pressure off of us as parents while also exposing them to things and places outside of our normalcy.

    Thanks for getting us back to the basics!

  2. Beautiful family. Like yours, so many of our families’ stories are woven with a tapestry of love and tradition. May you all continue to cherish the moments together.

  3. Appreciation of family ties…we have a dairy farm that two of my sons are fully committed to and in partnership with…it is sometimes very hard to work with and then live with members. A blessing and a curse bit most of the time a true blessing. thank you for your sharing. it resonates with me the power of love within our family and the ties that bind us.

  4. Beautiful! Inspiring and heart felt. Than you Dr Cheryl P. Williamson for such a timely article on family unity, support and traditions….

  5. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing the importance of family and legacy. We often think of legacy as wealth generation, but the true legacy is creating memories and traditions that can be passed on for generations. May God continue to bless and keep you Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson!

  6. The values that your family has instilled in you most definitely shows and you are able to share them with the world. Because you family sacrificed, now you have the resilience and the fortitude to continue to let your light shine. I thank you for loving those who come into contact with you, and I am glad to be able to call you family!!!!

  7. It’s a blessing to have a family that support each other. The bond of family is simply amazing. Beautiful!

  8. I really enjoyed reading this! I’m feeling overwhelmed with emotions because to see your family dynamic is very beautiful!

    My husband and I have been married for 44 years! My godbrother and I are starting a podcast together! He is two time super bowl champ Perry Lamar Williams for NYG! We would love to have you and your husband on with my husband and I as well! I think we can help people!

  9. Beautiful story full of inspiration and valuable lessons on legacy building and love. The foundational principles demonstrated in your upbringing are evidenced in your family dynamic with your husband and children. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I totally enjoyed reading this story, it brought back so many memories of my family. My childhood was so similar to the authors. We had a family tradition of having a family reunion in July, but that tradition was suddenly halted in 1990 when my dad passed away. Prior to his death, he was the one that organized and hosted it every year. After a couple of years, my cousin, Bettye and I, decided to pick the tradition up again. We organized, found a venue, and it was on from there. Now, I’m 66 and I yearn for those days when family gathered. I’ve tried to get my oldest son and niece to take up the mantle, but has had no luck. I would encourage everyone to love on your family, because when they’re gone, things change tremendously.

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