I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for JOHNSON’s Baby. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
I’ve been a full-time college student, and a part-time student juggling a full-time job. For several years, I worked with family, and was Director of Operations for a healthcare staffing company, on call 24/7, including holidays. As a Regional Manager for an event marketing company, I traveled 15-20 days a month, and oversaw 30+ full-time employees, plus 300 part-time brand ambassadors. Most of the time I lived in hotel rooms, out of my suitcase, and when my phone rang at 2 AM I answered it.
I thought working for my Dad was stressful and challenging, and believe me it was. The healthcare field is intense and with everyday a work day, the burn out rate is high.
When you have a job that requires you to travel frequently, a lot of your friends ooh and ahh as you criss cross the country, week after week. They think you’re on a permanent vacation. Most of them don’t realize, changing planes, carrying bags, checking into a new room every week, is draining and can grow old, pretty quick.
My point: in all the jobs I’ve had, being a Mom is the toughest job anyone will ever have. Mom’s are the glue that keep the family together, the oil that keeps the unit working, and the figure we all look to when we’re hurting, whether its physical or emotional. It’s also the job that you can never resign from, no matter the age, once a Mom, you are always a Mom. There’s never a day off, we usually eat as fast as we can, so we can change a diaper or help with homework, and we rarely have a minute to ourselves. Yes, being a Mom is the most difficult job, EVER! It’s also the most rewarding.
On Sunday, I can’t spend Mother’s Day with my Mom because she passed away 7 years ago. I can’t call her and tell her how much I appreciate how supportive she’s always been. I can’t visit or Skype with her, and ask her how did she make it look so easy, or what are the secrets to raising great kids. I can’t thank her for setting an example that I try to meet with my own children each and every day.
But, I can pick up the phone and call a friend that is both Mom and Dad to their children because of a divorce, or because their husband is in the military protecting our freedom. I can send a Johnson’s Baby Cares card to a new Mom that’s struggling to find a balance between caring for the baby and caring for herself. I can go take coffee and donuts to the Mom whose kids are grown and away from home, and remind her it’s still her day to celebrate!
Making a call, sending a card, or bringing a friend breakfast, are all things that I learned from my Mom, and inspire me to be a better Mom, and a good friend. When you send, share or like a Johnson’s Baby Cares card, Johnson’s Baby will donate $1.oo to Save the Children, up to $150,000 to benefit early childhood education! Let’s all do something this Mother’s Day to celebrate Moms and make a difference in the lives of others, because that’s really what being a mom is all about.