04/10/2014 06:54 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2014

Happy Mother's (and Mentors) Day!

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As a mother of three and author of S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal, I would like to salute all moms and mentors as we approach the Mother's day holiday on May 11, 2014.

The meaning of the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child" is indeed powerful and relevant. It takes more than one person to teach a child the ways of life. A child comes upon many different experiences and circumstances during their life and oftentimes, is taught by someone else the right and wrong thing to do. In my opinion, this phrase defines the importance of not just the parent alone, but also the role models who have the ability to shape a child's outcome.

Similar to CSR, as a mom and as an author, I have created a similar structure in the form of family social responsibility (FSR). I find that there are many similarities in running a business and raising a family. The long-term goal is success and sustainability. Mentors and leaders help to fill the gap in our society for those who are not equipped.

In my recent novel, which highlights the triumph of the human spirit, it is clear that not every mother is fully equipped to be a parent. Far too often, we come across stories of family dysfunction and learn about how a child who will either repeat the cycle of dysfunction or make a choice to create a better life for themselves outside of a dysfunctional environment.

The importance of a mentor should not be underestimated as we lead up to Mother's Day. These mentors, who sometimes come in the form of a relative, a spouse, a teacher, a priest, a friend, a colleague, etc., ought to be recognized and appreciated for their positive impact in serving as a role model to those who need it the most.

While there is no formal training to be an effective mother and no packet with step-by-step instructions on how to be the best mom you can possibly be, as grown adults, we should take responsibility to make good choices in life to serve as an example for our children.

As a mom myself with no formal training, I see the challenges parents face each and everyday, one surprise after another, the constant tug of making all the best choices for our children.

In my novel, S.W.A.K., Lauren, the main character, is raised in a household of dysfunction and it is clear that her mother is not equipped with making the best choices for her family, steering her children in the wrong direction by repeating a cycle of abuse. The character comes across many mentors throughout her lifetime who have helped show her the way and believe in her abilities.

In my role as a business professional at, I have learned to appreciate the value of Corporate Social Responsibility and collaboration, whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards and norms and actions aimed to further social good.

Raising children has its challenges when you come from a stable environment, nevermind an unstable environment. Let's salute all moms and honor all mentors this upcoming Mother's Day holiday!

Adriana Sifakis
Author of S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal