Mother’s Day is tomorrow but I don’t look forward to what my kids might do to celebrate the day. As Mother’s Day approaches I find myself reminicing about what motherhood means to me and how I couldn’t have made it this far without help from those around me. This year Campbell’s wants to celebrate #TheMotherhood for Mother’s Day with recognition for all the hard work it takes to help moms raise their families.
It’s been a roller coaster of emotions with both good and hard times raising each of my five children and through each and every one I’ve been thankful to be able to lean on friends and family.
When we had our youngest daughter, Baby Girl, we had been in the planning phases of building our home on the farm. With Hubs being the main contractor and breaking ground when she was only a few months old, the winter was grueling both with a brutal weather and by a lot of time away from the family. Hubs would spend all day working his full-time day job and then go to work on building our house straight from work.
I spent a lot of time shuttling kids back and forth to activities and running errands, often spending meals by the mini-heater, baby strapped to my chest, in the only enclosed room in the house just to spend time with my husband for a few brief moments. It was one of the hardest periods of time in my life and in our marriage. If it wasn’t for my mother-in-law helping when I needed it most, I’m not sure I could have held onto my sanity as I did.
I can’t count how many times people would say “you have built in babysitters” in reference to Baby Girl’s older siblings but in reality they were just as busy as I was with school and other activities. I don’t believe it’s the responsibility of the siblings to take on a parental roll. Kids should be allowed to be kids as long as possible before the pressures of adulthood are thrust upon them. Regardless of my parenting style, these three older siblings did help, not because they were asked or told but because they wanted to.
In this day of technology and disconnection from one-on-one connection it’s hard to rely on the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” I still believe this saying to hold true. Human beings are nurturing by instinct; when moms are in times of need, a helping hand isn’t far to be found.
This video hit home for me in a big way. After my first marriage and being a full-time working singlemother, my parents helped co-parent my three older children. If it wasn’t for them taking the kids to soccer, hockey, school programs, last minute doctor appointments or being there when I couldn’t be on holidays, I don’t know how I would have made it through. It’s because of a solid support system that my children are well rounded, just like Saadia in this short video above.
Campbell’s wants to share their appreciation to all the moms and mom helpers out there. Follow @CampbellCanada and join in the conversation on Twitter at hashtag #TheMotherhood and tell us who helped you through.
Who was your solid foundation in the early days of motherhood?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Campbell’s. My opinions are 100% my own.