Thank You for Being Strong, Mom

Moms are a strong breed. We tend to do things we never thought we would have to do in the name of unconditional love for our family. We put them before ourselves most days and think nothing of it.

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I’m going to open up about my mom today. She’s amazing, selfless and the strongest woman I know.

I grew up in a pastor’s home with three siblings, so you can imagine just with those stats my mom was already pretty strong. To handle the stress of taking care of a family of 6 as well as a church family takes a lot of patience and understanding. 15 years ago, I was 16 years old, living a carefree teenage life as the oldest at home and my world suddenly came crashing down when my dad suffered a massive stroke.  My dad, our family’s protector and my mom’s partner was in the intensive care unit at a hospital 90 minutes away unable to walk, talk or take care of himself, let alone a family and a church congregation.

I remember the first weeks after the stroke very vividly and yet they’re a blur. The first time I went to see my dad in the hospital I looked to my mom to see how to act, and she was a rock for us all, despite how she may have felt or reacted in private. It was as if dad was just a little sick, not even a hint to us how devastating and permanent his condition might be. What should have been scary and painful for us to see was made light and calm thanks to her strength.

My dad spent one month at that hospital before moving to a rehab facility closer (still 45 minutes away) to home.  My mom went to be with him every day after work, and was home with us every night. She kept us positive and excited for every little milestone my dad would meet, and when he finally came home 2 months after his stroke she continued to care for him as he regained his strength and his voice. 15 years later, she is still right there by his side watching him give weekly sermons and caring for him beyond measure.

My mom is a strong mom. Through the toughest time in her life she kept her smile, her grace and her patience intact to care for us.  Because of her, our family suffered only a minor scrape instead of a devastating injury, metaphorically speaking.

Moms are strong. We all have our stories of strength, even if they aren’t as heavy and tough as my mom’s.

With the Olympics coming up this summer, P&G is recognizing Olympian moms with a new film in their “Thank You Mom” series, focusing on pivotal moments that define the relationship between a mother and her child. This new “Strong” film follows the very popular “Pick Them Back Up” and “Best Job” films and it showcases how mothers handle key moments beyond their control, ultimately defining their children's personal strength and courage.

 

The new film features Simon Biles, Gabby Douglas, Dana Vollmer, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix, and their mothers to impart advice about the personal strength they’ve needed

The “Thank You, Mom” campaign and films are rooted in findings from research P&G Brands like Pampers®, Tide® and Olay® conduct to make products that perform better—personal interactions with millions of moms around the world. 

As moms today balance motherhood with other priorities such as work, relationships with family and friends and time for themselves, they acknowledge that raising a child is about more than physical acts of care and support.

Nearly all moms (98%) admitted that they did not anticipate the demands of motherhood with nearly two thirds agreeing that they needed to develop greater emotional strength once they became a mom.

The majority of moms (91%) want their children to feel the impact of their parenting when they are not together, and for US moms, integrity, hard work and determination are some of the most important values to instill in their children.

Of the moms who receive help from others to care for their children (84%) still feel they are leading their family.

All of the above traits remind me of my mom. She developed the emotional strength needed to care for us in a time that some would have crumbled. The impact of her (and my dad’s) parenting stayed with each of her 4 kids, and we all are hard working (and I think) good people. Lastly, when others came to help care for us so she could be with my dad she was still leading our family head on to better days.

Moms are most definitely a strong breed. Thank You, Mom.

What are you grateful for about your own mom?

 

*This post was sponsored by P&G, all opinions are my own.

Emily Stone is Co-Founder of Simply Real Moms where she shares parenting advice and product reviews.

 

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