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Mother's Day is often associated with flowers, gifts, and breakfast in bed. But as a Mom, I can say that the only gift that's necessary is the gift of love that can only come from a Mother-Child relationship. You see, when a child is born, so is a mother. The first time a woman holds that tiny, innocent little being in her arms, her life is forever changed. Her heart will forever go walking around outside her body, and she would die to protect it.
This year mark the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, which is pretty amazing. The folks at Pampers have created a great video called #ThanksBaby which highlights the joys and lessons that can only be experienced when a woman begins her journey into motherhood.
Not only is this video heartwarming, watching it can also do some good for those in need. For every #ThanksBaby video view between May 2nd and May 25th, Pampers will donate 1 diaper to Feeding America. (Up to ONE MILLION DIAPERS!)
So click here, grab the tissues, and prepare to be touched. Oh, and you can feel good knowing you're making a difference for babies in need!
When you were born, a mother was also born. None of you came with instructions, and when Kyle was born 14 years ago, I was very young, myself. I remember spending my entire pregnancy being scared and incredibly unsure of myself.
Mommy had a tough childhood, and I had no real example of what a mother should be. The only thing I was sure of is what kind of Mom not to be. I just knew I wanted to give you all a better childhood than I had, and that my life wasn't my own anymore. I had a purpose greater than myself for the first time in my life, and I have to admit: It was scary.
I didn't know what to do with a baby. I didn't even know I wanted to become a mother. Now don't take that the wrong way. Motherhood is the single greatest thing that has ever happened to me, but when I was 18, I couldn't see that. Until I held my baby boy for the first time, that is. I had found my calling, and fell hopelessly, irreversibly, and unconditionally in love.
My babies...You learn and grow everyday, and I rejoice with you as you succeed, offer encouragement and snuggles when you don't, and no matter what you do or who you grow up to be, you will always make me proud.
I may spend my time teaching you your ABC's and 123's, how to use your manners, and how to tie your shoes, but you have taught me so many things, too. Things that no one other than YOU could have taught me.
As I watch you learn and grow, I am learning, too. You three wonderful kids have taught me some of the most important life lessons and I am a better mother...A better human being...And it's all because of you.
Here are just a few of the things that you have taught me:
There IS such a thing as too quiet. I know. Such a silly lesson to learn. But as any mom knows, if there is too much silence, chances are, something is going horribly, horribly wrong. And usually, it involves a mess. So you've taught me to be more observant and vigilant. To pay attention to my surroundings at all times. Sounds funny, I know. But being more conscious of my surroundings allows me to prevent things like this from happening too often!
I hate to admit this, but before becoming a mother, I was also quite judgemental of others. I didn't celebrate the differences that make as all unique. I subscribed to stereotypes and generalizations. I hate to admit that.
But when I became a mother, that changed. I have these 3 amazing people who are depending on me to shape them into decent human beings. Kids aren't born with hate in their hearts. Rather, it is taught at home. I want my you all to be kind to everyone you meet, regardless of gender, ethnicity, social status, religion, race, weight or sexual preference.
Everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be respected. Just as I want you to value and appreciate others, I want you to be comfortable in your own skin, too. Never be ashamed of who you are. Celebrate it. Embrace it. You can't truly love others if you can't love yourself. So no matter who you grow to be, be proud and stand tall. Life is too darn short to be anything but happy.
You have melted away any coldness in my heart and have made me a much more accepting and tolerant person. I hope that you can learn from my examples and that you, too, will be passionate about tolerance and equality.
Attend the #ThanksBaby Twitter Party and Win Amazing Prizes :
Enter to Win a Pampers Prize Package:
This prize package includes:
- Pampers Diapers (note: all winners will receive size 5 diapers, diaper size can’t be changed)
- Pampers Wipes
- $75 Target Gift Card for a Family Photo
- Picture Frame
- Baby Play Book
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM May 20, 2014. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!