Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!
How far can the maternal instinct go? Susana Galeano Jordan knows that it goes a long way, dedicating her whole life to children.
A professional graphic designer from Mexico, she's also a Montessori guide and has been a children's caretaker since she was 12 years old. Her love for children is related to her position in the family. She's the youngest of many brothers, whom started to have kids when she was still very young. She learnt how to take care of them and to teach them.
Later, with kids of her own, she ended up working as a Montessori guide at her daughters' school, teaching, among other, computer lessons to disabled children.
Through that experience she got interested in working with children and to help their parents in the process of bringing them up. That's how she started her own blog, "kuttykids", focused on education related issues. It's her way to express her disposition and passion to help parents educate their children.
But let her tell us more about her:
How did you get involved with writing about education?
I have been writing about kids for more than 10 years now. I started writing in a mom's forum, later I did it at a personal level among friends and also was in charge of a few children blogs and forums. Since a few months ago I have my own blog, KuttyKids and it's been quite a success already!
What is your favorite family photo?
I have a few. One is with my husband and my children at the theatre play 'The Lion King', on which we all appear very happy. We grown-ups enjoy events like these as much as our kids. Another picture I like is with my uncle of 90 years old at that time, and his sons (my cousins), his grandchildren, my sister and my nephews.
How international is your family?
Very. My surname is Galeano, which probably came from France, but I haven't been able to locate its roots properly yet. My surname Jordan is originally from the US, and I have family living in Canada, the US, Spain and Mexico, of course.
How do you think technology impacts family?
I think it impacts it in positive and negative ways. In the positive side, technology helps to unite, teach and search for relatives to get the family closer.
On the other side, I see people using technology to babysit their children, leaving them alone and not spending much time with them, which I see as something negative.
How does your family use the internet and what do they use it for?
I use it for almost everything. My kids play and communicate mainly with their relatives in Seattle, through chat and videoconferencing. They also search for events, also use it as a tool to help them with homework and they communicate with their friends from school.My husband and I use it to exchange information using emails, to interact with other people with mutual interests through Twitter or chats, and to spread our thoughts using blogs. Internet is also a working tool for me as I’m a graphic designer who develops websites.
What MyHeritage feature do you like most?
We like many of them. To tag people in photos using the face recognition technology makes it much more easier, I love that feature to organize pictures.My kids are attracted to the Celebrity Morph, they can play but they can also develop the habit to recognize changes of shapes and faces.
The Family Sites are a very accessible meeting place. We used to have one for the family but it was quite a long time ago, when most people at my family weren't using Internet and that was a big limitation. I will start using it again now. And of course, the Family Tree Builder is the ideal tool to make a family tree, taking care that nobody is missing, and to include information in about our genealogy, customs and dates.
What famous person would you like to have in your family and why?
I suppose that would be Leonardo da Vinci. To inherit his unquestionable artistic capacity and his incomparable engineering skills, and to show off that I'm his descendant.