Families are weird. Families are wonderful. Families come in all shapes and sizes. One of the best lessons I learned growing up is that family is about so much more then blood, it is about love and friendships. My parents got divorced when I was pretty young, and to be honest I don’t really remember much around that time. I am sure that it was a difficult stressful time for them, and could have turned into an ugly situation for me. But it didn’t, why? Because my “village” stepped up and made it a non-issue. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child and instead of feeling like I lost anything by my parents separating, I can see how much I gained. I have a step-dad, half-sister, step-grandparents, step-cousins and more, but I call them only one thing… FAMILY.
So when I saw this video it totally made me tear up. Because this is what family it is all about:
Rock solid support does not just come from family members. I met L my first year of university, and we have been laughing and having fun together ever since. Life has changed a little since then, we live in different cities and we each have 3 kids, but our friendship is still there. L was the first person, other then Hubs, that I told we were expecting Baby Roo. I was feeling overwhelmed by the thought of having 3 kids under 5, and one phone call to her helped calm me back down and realize that yes life would be chaotic but it would all be OK. A few weeks ago when we got together I was discussing my worries for how I was going to keep Monkey entertained this summer as this is the first time we will be home together for weeks on end. Not even 5 days later I get an email from L asking if Monkey can come to her house to stay for a few days over the summer. This from a woman who has 3 of her own kids already!!!
I have got some seriously awesome people in my life, too many to list here, but without them I would be lost. This parenting gig is not easy. However my “family” both by blood and by love have made it a lot easier for me to embrace it and be a better mother. Who helps you along your journey? Remember to say thank you, share a facebook card from Campbell’s Canada with them and follow along with #theMOTHERHOOD.
So I want to know, who helps you Mom?