From her own mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver , Maria says she has learned many lifelong lessons. "I learned the power of faith, the importance of faith, the importance of family loyalty. My mother's taught me that, taught me to be strong, to be independent. She taught me how to get tackled on a football field," Maria says. "She also taught me how to be a mother and that mothering never ends."
As for Mother's Day, Maria suggests giving a personal gift to your mom. "I think write a letter to your mother, actually. Instead of letting the card say it, write what you actually feel to your mother," Maria says. "The letters my kids have written me are the most valuable possessions I own."