Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Everyone keeps asking, “How do you like being home?”
“Do you miss work?”
“How are things going?”
My answer is probably obvious, right? “I love it! No time to really think about missing work. The days are chock full.” But holy heck, honestly, all I keep asking myself is, “How did Mom do it?”
Yes, the mornings are rough and chaotic, but just as expected, the afternoons are just as crazy. And I do know, it’s only going to get worse. Crazier. Yes, I know. The shuffling, the carting, the sports, the appointments – THIS FAMILY!
My mom never complained while she was in the thick of it and most of us don’t either. The sacrifices we make, the constant decision making, the guidance, the conversations, the choices – Mom, why didn’t you ever warn me? Why didn’t you ever complain? This isn’t just about diapers and cute outfits. Parenting is so much more. So. Much. More. Four kids for life – forever mine. My responsibility.
My mom is my unstoppable mom. Nothing ever got her down and no one ever got in her way. We always had fun and she loved me like no one else. She taught me right from wrong and expected me to always do my best. She did it all and it only took about 30 years or so for me to realize the tremendous job she did raising all four of us Connelley kids. Holy heck, Mom – I’m still in awe. We chipped teeth and broke bones too. We played sports, danced, threw up, got in trouble, went to CCD, got bathed, ate dinner, went on vacations, disobeyed, didn’t eat our dinner, spoke back, complained, had good days and bad, – just like the rest of us. But you NEVER stopped. You never ever stopped!
I love you, Mom. Thanks for everything. Every. Single Thing.
I got to join forces this fall with Children’s MOTRIN®, who are intrigued by all things that us Moms do, from entertaining the kids on rainy days like today, to carting everyone around to where they need to be after school and everything else in between! I’m a part of their #UnstoppableMoms Team and they want to hear from you too! What are your tricks for being #unstoppable? They’re looking for tips in five categories: Meals, Kids’ Activities, Shopping, Household and Me Time.
The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® are asking Moms to post their tips and tricks to the MOTRIN® Facebook page under each week’s Kelly Ripa question video and for every post, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with the tips they need to help keep their children safe. Moms could even win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards just for posting.*
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES & D.C., 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion ends 11:59p.m. ET 12/28/14. Sponsor will donate $1 for each approved Submission made as part of the promotion, with a minimum donation of $30,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000. For Official Rules, and complete details, visit www.unstoppablemoms.com. Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide visit safekids.org.The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® are asking Moms to post their tips and tricks to the MOTRIN® Facebook page under each week’s Kelly Ripa question video and for every post, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with the tips they need to help keep their children safe. Moms could even win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards just for posting.*
Here’s my most recent #UnstoppableMoms clip from the makers of Motrin®. Grocery shopping with the kids? Nightmare-ish, right?