Aquafresh Supports Moms that Work Beyond - $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway plus a chance to be entered to win a $500 Walmart Shopping Spree and More!


Aquafresh Realizes that Moms Work Beyond

As a mom you and I both know that there are many trials and tribulations that being a mom brings. No matter what those are for each of us it just simply doesn't compare to what we receive in return. At the end of the day its all worth it, every second of it, because in all honesty we do what we do out of love, and the love that we get in return for our efforts. I revel in the fact that nobody else's kisses make my sons' bumps and bruises less painful. The smile that they beam at me when I innately know just what they need without them having to say a word. That is what being a mom is to me, a unique bond that I - and I alone - have with my children, and I am grateful for the title.

That being said everyone knows that being a wife and mother is a thankless and never ending job. In the role of wife and mother you will wear many hats. You will do things that you never ever thought that you were capable of doing all for the sake of your family. Among those hats are teacher, janitor, accountant, nurse, referee, confidant and more, the list goes on and on. We love our families so much that many moms are willing to work beyond the call of duty simply to make life easier for those that are closest to us.

The folks at Aquafresh realize this about moms and has been committed to going beyond for moms by providing them with oral care tips for the whole family as well as discounts and innovative products for a healthy smile. Their latest being ISO-Active Whitening that works beyond paste for a whiter and brighter smile. To learn more about this product visit Aquafresh.com and while your there you can grab a coupon for $1.00 off this new whitening toothpaste.

Aquafresh wants to hear your stories about how as a mom you have gone beyond the call of duty by rewarding you with a chance to win a $500 Walmart shopping spree as well as a years supply of Aquafresh product. In addition to those great prizes the grand prize winner's Mom Works Beyond story will be showcased on the Aquafresh Fan Page for all to see!

Two Ways to Win!


I have been selected as an Aquafresh Brand Ambassador! I will be reviewing Aquafresh products and hosting giveways on their behalf throughout the year. To kick things off for the Mom Works Beyond campaign I have been enlisted to find out your stories about how you work beyond the call of duty as a mom. From the stories that are submitted two moms will be randomly chosen to win Aquafresh product and more.

  • The first winner will receive a coupon for Aquafresh ISO-Active Whitening toothpaste. In addition to the coupon they will be nominated by Pretty Pink Momma to be entered into the Grand Prize giveaway for the $500 Walmart shopping spree, a year's supply of Aquafresh product and their story shared on the Aquafresh Facebook page. The Aquafresh creative team will a choose a Grand Prize winner by July 7th.
  • The second winner will also receive a coupon for Aquafresh ISO-Active Whitening toothpaste as well as $50 Walmart Gift Card.

Here is an example entry of one of the ways that I work beyond for my kids,

All three of my boys have needed early intervention services. Oscar started speech therapy when he was only two and then went on to need occupational therapy. While he was getting therapy I always brought Benji along with me to the appointments. I am glad that I did because the therapists noticed that he wasn't developing correctly and recommend him for occupational therapy as well. Since that time, Oscar has blossomed and is no longer in need of services. Benji on the other hand has a severe speech delay that has hindered his ability to effectively communicate and learn how to socialize with other children and adults alike. He has been in speech therapy since he was two and is still in great need for it as a five year old. I am proud to report that he has made many gains this last year and will be entering kindergarten in the fall. All though his speech is only about 70-80% intelligible by others he is extremely bright and has learned to come out of his shell a bit and make friends this year.

I have gone beyond as a mom by learning how to become a speech therapist at home and teach not only Oscar, but Benji and Emilio as well, how to properly communicate through language exercises, signing and more. Being able to listen and understand my children when no one else could I became an interpreter in my own right. At times it has been tough to find the funds to pay for private speech therapy for Benji but it is something that he needs to help him develop into the bright young man that I know he will become. Which is also why I don't mind driving across town 25 minutes to take him to his speech therapist once a week and fight the insurance company that hassles us about paying their part. Its just what any mom would do for her children.



How to Enter: Simply comment on this post and share with me an example of just one of the ways that you go above and beyond the call of duty as a mom. Open to US only.


Submissions for this giveaway must be posted by June 8th, 2010. Winners will be chosen using the Truly Random Number Generator in my footer. Both winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize or new winners will be chosen.





Kimberly




*I share my 100% honest thoughts and opinions in all posts. I was contacted for Moms Work Beyond campaign by M80 on behalf of Aquafresh. As an Aquafresh Brand Ambassador I will receive Aquafresh products to review and share my honest opinion of. Please refer to my disclosure policy or email me if you have any questions.*

Comments

Mami2jcn said…
I have 3 children and I’ve never had anyone take care of them (other than their daddy) a day in their lives. Our families live out of state so we’ve never had any outside help. I pride myself on having been able to raise them and guide them on our own. Like you, I have a son with a speech disorder (apraxia) and I have had to fight for him.

As far as a memorable moment, I guess the first one that comes to mind was watching my sons greet their baby sister when she was born in the hospital. They were so surprised to see that she had actually come out of my belly. :-)

mami2jcn at gmail dot com
lmurley2000 said…
i'm a mom of 2 teenage sons, i have raised them by myself with no help from anyone. their dad hasn't seen them since they were 3 years old.i have been both a mom and dad to them.i have one fixing to graduate from high school and in one week will be in diesel college, we have had a tough time getting finanical aid, but we did get help and he is ready to go. it has been a hard time with my kids but i love them and would do anything for them

lmurley2000@yahoo.com
cdziuba said…
My Mom Challenge was overcoming the fear of losing another child, and going on to get pregnant again. Our second daughter was stillborn, full-term, and while I knew that having another child would be somewhat helpful and healing, it was terrifying to think of going through another entire pregnancy, only to have it end it tragedy.

With the help of a support group, my husband, friends, and family, I went on to have three more children. Part of me wanted to never get pregnant again, and another part wanted more children. The challenge was overcoming the fear, so that I could do what I am best at, which is being a mother.
Mysharona said…
I go beyond everyday by working out for two hours, going to work, coming home and playing with my kids!
NL6369 said…
According to my daughter, my “beyond” was sticking with her through a very bad time in our lives. She was in a bad car accident, almost lost her life. She was prescribed Oxicontin for the pain from her many injuries. Unknown to me she became addicted to the pain killer. (call me naive or just blind to what was going on) She started using all her paycheck to buy more off the street. When she couldn’t afford that anymore, she went to Heroin, it was the same high (an opiate) and much, much cheaper. We battled through years of addiction with her. Program after program, hospital after hospital. It got to the point where she stole my car and my husbands safe with his employees payroll. That’s when I realized it was going to take tough love. I pressed charges, put her in jail and got her court ordered rehab when she got out. To this day she tells me it was that tough love and doing the hardest thing I have ever done (putting her in jail) to get her life straightened out again. I now volunteer at a rehab to help other drug addicted teens. She always tells me I went above and beyond and changed her life.
Amber said…
I am head room parent of both of my daughter's classes - it is a lot to organize but so rewarding to be a part of their education and lives at school. Plus, all of their friends seem to like me!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
Katie said…
I make sure that every day we set aside time for learning -- science experiments, math games, whatever to help them learn!
katiekarr at gmail dot com
Chip said…
The biggest event I've ever faced is when my daughter was born 13 weeks too early. I had a 2 year old son at home who needed his mom and a critically ill daughter who was in a hospital an hour away. I was torn daily on where I should be. I also had to learn how to give my son some sort of normalcy. Of course, soon I learned that what I was going through was nothing compared to what I had to deal with when our daughter died at 6 weeks old. It would have been so easy to just go to bed and stay there. Definitely was not an option for me. Our families were both far away and my husband had to work. I had to learn to put on a happy face for my son and keep living. There were plenty of times that he saw me cry but I really tried to save all my tears for after he went to bed. I struggled so much but was determined to keep living while also keeping my daughter's memory alive. I did all the hard work necessary to get through that time. I have also been able to use my experience to help other moms. I will never understand why our daughter was taken from us, but I have learned to cherish the short time we had with her and to love every single moment I have with our children.
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com
sohamolina said…
I’d like to believe that I go above and beyond as a mom by staying very active in my daughter’s school. I volunteer for activities, I participate in all events and help out in class. I am a PTA member and in general, very visible.
Anonymous said…
HORTON111@AOL.COM

I DON'T THINK I AM ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE MILLIONS OF OTHER MOTHERS WHO HAVE DONE EVERYTHING AND MORE FOR THEIR CHILDREN
April said…
By setting aside time to read with them. They love it.

teenytig@sbcglobal.net
Anne J said…
My biggest challenge that required me to go above and beyond was my middle daughter being dyslexic. I realized she would be overlooked in the schools, since they wait until a child is two years behind before intervening, which is 2 wasted years. So I brought her home and spent 3 years doing every reading intervention I could find. After a lot of hard work on her part and lots of frustration on my part she finally became a fluent reader at 11. She still has some issues and can't spell at all, but she is an honor roll student in 8th grade now. Just this weekend I had to scold her for reading a book when she was supposed to be doing chores. I made her put the book down and do her chores, but secretly I was glad to see her so involved in a book.
The Bookworm said…
The biggest challenge when my daughter was born was how we would care for her, if both my husband & I worked. We decided that I should stay home with her, which translated into living on one income. I've had to figure out unique ways to supplement our income (i.e. mystery shopping, etc) that I could do with my husband gone alot. But, the Lord has definitely provided along the way, and she's never starved or been watched by anyone besides my husband & I. ;)

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com
Linda said…
I worked a full time job but still found time to be a girl scout leader and a room mother for my daughters class.
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com
Susan said…
A way I have went beyond is being a work at home mom. My family and I have had to learn the difference between needs and wants, but we all agree that it is better to have me at home to watch our son after school, or if he is sick, than making more money in a out of the house workplace.

rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net
Sara said…
Even though I WOH FT, I go visit my daughter at lunch every day.
sodahoney said…
In 2006, I retired from a 30 yr career. I was looking to a life of leisure. My daughters were grown, married and a families of their own. In early Oct my youngest called, in hysteria, her 2 yr old was in the emergency room having a grand mal seizure. These seizures continued to occur daily and I left my leisure life and move 3000 miles to help. My daughter not only had this child but 4 others under 8. This little boy needed to have hands on, all day and night. And the stress on the family was tremendous. My daughter, now, had one more adult to relive her. We followed a regimen of meds, nutritional therapy, and chiropractic medicine and 4 yrs later he is seizure free and I moved out to live my life of leisure.
2 months later, this same daughter announced she was having #6. This yet to be born baby girl has a heart arrhythmia and suspicious amniotic fluid. We are all holding our breath until she is born. (Any day now) If this little girl needs more care then my daughter can handle, (along with 5 other kids), I will again leave my life of leisure.
Why? Because that’s what Mom’s do.
Deb said…
I have been blessed and graced with the most loving mom. My mom adopted me at 3 days old, never lied to me, and more importantly, never made me feel anything but loved and wanted. I will always remember being told that I was specially picked from thousands of babies (OK, so maybe she lied, but what a great one!). Never for one day did I doubt her love, and I never felt less of a daughter because I am not her biological child. Now a mother myself, I try to follow her example and make my children feel loved and special each and every day. My mom has given me all my birthmother could not, and all I could ever need.
sarah said…
Some days it is a challenge just to get out of bed in the morning. Being a mom is a tough job, but it has its rewards!
Joannie said…
I've tried to go above and beyond by raising an ADHD child with love and understanding. It wsn't easy, but when I see her now as a highly-functioning, caring, productive adult, I am totally rewarded.
hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com
Ms. Autumn said…
My mom goes above & beyond everyday. Even though both of her children are "grown" she still takes care of them and does whatever it takes to get them what they need.

autumn398 @ yahoo.com
blueeyeleo said…
I like most mothers go above and beyond by putting our children first and doing without to give our children the life we didnt have

sallstun
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I’m a guy so obviously I’m not a Mom, and I don’t even have any kids of my own… But I want to tell you about my own Mother. Her name is Peggy and she raised three kids, two girls and me – the boy, and I’m the youngest. Mama had her hands full dealing with an alcoholic husband, financial problems and many other things that would make a saint curse… but she dug her heels in and done the best we could.

When Elizabeth (the middle child whom we call Libby) was 17, she was in a very bad automobile accident which left her with a severe closed head injury. Mama took care of her in every way possible. Libby turns 40 years old next month, and still Mama looks after her.

And seven years ago, after months of living out his final days in my Mother’s home, Daddy passed away comfortably. Mama cared for him all the way up until his death. A nursing home wasn’t considered an option. Despite years of heartache and pain, and a virtual loveless marriage, Mama cared for her husband till the bitter end.

I haven’t always seen eye to eye with her on everything but I’ll never deny that my Mama is one hell of a woman. So if I can enter this giveaway on her behalf, that’d be great. But if not, then good luck to all these other fine Mom’s here.
Katie said…
I once had to pull poop out of my son's butt with my bare hand. Totally above and beyond right?
katiekarr at gmail dot com
Cindy said…
Is there such a thing as above and beyond the call of duty? Really, every duty is mine! Whatever my kids need is my job. (Hubby's too, of course, but I'm Mom. I'm better at it.)

I guess I go above and beyond by refusing to believe that there is any need I shouldn't have to take care of for my kids.
her5boys said…
My 5 boys are all involved in sports and I don't miss a game...ever! I help in their classrooms and am present for them 24/7. I love being a Mom!
nape said…
My sweetie-pie son has had severe asthma since he was a toddler. We lost count years ago how many times we've been to the emergency room, and we've lost count on the hospital stays. Despite my fears, I've tried to maintain calm, as it's important to keep him calm as he gasps for each breath.
While its memorable to me, its not a story that any other mom hasn't come across. My son likes to grab his butt during diaper changes and one time when he was about 1.5 yrs old, he grabbed during a poop change and rubbed his fingers all in it. Then he put them straight into his mouth. Face like a lemon, but then wiped the poop all over his face and then on me. We went straight to the tub. Working full time as a stay at home mom during the day and working at my job during the nights is tough, but its worth it. Digging poop out of my son's mouth is my favorite (and least favorite) "going beyond" story. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com
Missybeez said…
When my husband was laid off and I had a three year old and a newborn and I had also taken my little sister in, who had just had baby and was still in high school at the time. I helped my sister to finish school and my husband had got a better paying job so everything worked out in the end ,even though it was trying at times.


honeybeez80@yahoo.com
Julieh said…
I believe all moms go above and beyond. But it hasn't been easy for me as a single mom that works full time. But no matter how tired I am after a long day of work I am always there for the kids to do homework and go to sports games. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com
Annette D said…
I am a Mom of two sons ages 17 and 21. I grew up in a household of all girls, so boys were something new to me! I decided early on that I was going to do what the boys did, so that I could be really involved in their lives. I have volunteered at each of their schools, as room mom, PTA board member, I planned a 5th grade award breakfast, I was a Cub Scout leader and a Boy Scout leader. I have been on Boy Scout campouts, I have even been to Boys Scout Summer camp for a week at a time, 3 times! I have recently volunteered to head up Project Graduation for my son's class, who will graduate next year. We are already planning and fundraising for the party. We will host a drug-free, alcohol-free celebration for 400 seniors next May. It is my most ambitious volunteering commitment yet! I will spend hours and hours making this party a success!
jedoggett@embarqmail.com
Brenda said…
I had a brain injury and am going back to school to get my degree.

covertpeace at gmail dot com
Julie D said…
I am a full time working mom of 3. During the day, I am a developmental specialist in an early intervention program working with kids under 3 who have developmental delays. I enjoy my work, but it can be emotionally and physically exhausting. When I come home, I have three beautiful children (5-12 years old) waiting for Mommy. It isn't always easy to make the transition from professional to mom. And I don't always do it well. But I am working on being the best mom I can be.
Tamara B. said…
For the past two years I have picked up other children along with my two who were out for summer school break and have taken them to our university were they can swim as long as they want for $3.00 in an olympic pool. All of their parents have full time jobs and I felt so sorry for the children couped up in the house till their parents came home. Needless to say it is like a suana in the pool area so sitting there is very uncomfortable to me because I am unable to swim due to a fractured hip. I would also pick up other children on Tuesdays and Thursdays who wanted to join the chess club at my son's school but had no one to take them before 8:00am on those days.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com
Denise said…
I've had 5 kids over a 17 year time span and in that time I've managed to finish a college degree despite being a single mother for part of that time. Now I have a grandchild on the way that I'll probably have to help with a lot. My mothering duties just never do end but I stick it out no matter how frustrated I get.
allysona said…
i guess i have overcome alot of things in my life,but i always felt it was just apart of life and not a challenge.....i wouldn't of had it any other way. i love my life and family even though it hasn't always been pretty
jsc123 said…
My biggest par­ent­ing chal­lenge has been tak­ing on a ready made fam­ily of five chil­dren.
When I mar­ried my hus­band he his pre­vi­ous wife had passed away in a car wreck a year and a half ear­lier.
And he was the father of a set of two year old twins, a set of three year old twins and a five year old.
Me, I was a sin­gle per­son with no chil­dren. But felt that I neede a fam­ily to love that needed to be loved just as badly.
For the first year it was a def­i­nite chal­lenge to get every­one in sync and to come together as a fam­ily.
In the next three years we have also added two chil­dren to our brood for a total of seven.

Every­one that I know thought that I was crazy for jump­ing into such a sit­u­a­tion.
But me, I have loved every minute of it. And would do it again in a heart­beat.
It is by far the most reward­ing chal­lenge of my life.

Thank you so much for the chance to win.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com
sksweeps said…
Single mother, self employed, balancing all the challenges that come with both while trying to provide a good home and education for my daughter, and give her access to all kinds of activities (to keep her busy/out of trouble), all while also taking care of the house and garden. My daughter is now 16, well rounded, athletic, straight A student, caring, beautiful young lady and the business continues to survive, so I think I'm doing a fair job!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net
gmmerrell said…
When my husband and I first got married a while back we were very poor and didn’t have much. Since they time I have graduated college with no loans and am currently a graduate student. I will finish in one year from now! I work full time and I am always still able to spend quality time with my son. I feel like my husband and I have overcome a lot (and I must give him credit for helping me) but I feel I have gone above and beyond because I still work hard to better myself to build a better life for my child!

gmmerrell@yahoo.com
mogrill said…
I have gone above and beyond by making sure my daughter has a better opportunity to do things she loves than I did. I work two jobs to make sure she can enjoy ballet and swimming and softball. She is the
most important thing in my life.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net
iplaytrack1224 said…
Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
=]
pixie13 said…
I went beyond just getting my children into this world. I was sick the whole time I was pregnant. I swell up like a balloon from fluid retention. I suffer from gestational diabetes. My body just wasn't made for bearing children.
And having made so much effort bringing them into the world, I don't let any one else take care of them. No day care, and babysitters have been only Grandma & Grandpa on very rare occasions. There has only been 3 times I've missed reading the bedtime stories & tucking them into bed, and each of those involved a hospital visit.
dandmrobbins said…
I don't have my own child yet because we are in the process of adopting.
I was in the hospital having baby 2 and my 2year brought me a necklace from the gum ball machine, telling dad this is my mama’s present. It was the first time he had been separated from me at night and he was so happy to see me and gave me that little necklace. It means the most of all the jewelry I own. I had to endure being away from him.

My husband and I are their only caregivers, no day care, no stay with grandma etc. So I'm a mom that goes beyond, but I feel safer when I can be with them.
Shawna said…
As a mom, I’ve certainly had my challenges to face and overcome. However, it is those challenges that have shaped my life, made me a better person and inspired me to do more than I ever thought I could. My husband has a chronic disease that affects his day to day abilities to work and function, so it leaves a lot more responsibility on me to provide financially as well as be a mom to two young boys ages 7 and 3. My youngest was born with a rare brain disorder and so he has a lot of medical and therapy appointments and various services and supports that need to be arranged, so that also keeps me very busy and presents challenges in trying to balance work and my child's needs. I am fortunate in that I have worked in the Social Services field for many years and have a lot of experience specifically working with people with developmental disabilities. This experience has benefited my son in terms of me understanding how the medical system works and the other agencies and organizations that provide some services for my son. This means that I've been able to be a very effective and strong advocate for my son which I will never stop doing this for him. He has given me such a strong sense of what kind of life and opportunities people with developmental disabilities should have. My son will most likely never be able to live on his own and will always need to be cared for. A lot of people I’ve known with a loved one with Developmental Disabilities that need 24/7 care, see this as a guilt laden burden on them. Many choose to place their loved one in a care home. My intention here is not to be critical, but to state the facts as I’ve experienced. I’ve never felt that my son was a burden. In fact, I feel that he is a blessing. When he was first Diagnosed, the doctors told me he would never hold his head up, sit up, crawl, walk, grasp objects and that he would be on a feeding tube and die young. Well, fortunately for my son, he has proven those doctors wrong. My son can now do all of those things and he eats and drinks fine and is very healthy. Instead of thinking about what my son cannot do or the care that he requires, I see him as a beautiful and happy boy who has worked hard and overcome many challenges and defied the expectations that others put on him. I am proud to be his mother and he will live with me till the day I die. I’m pretty sure that life has more challenges in store for me, but I can tell you that whatever comes my way, I’ll continue to face them head on and make the best of the life God have given me.

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com
My son starts kindergarten this fall, and I started researching schools since he was 2! Hopefully we've made the best choice for him. Thank you for the giveaway!
Jenna Wood said…
Many people take for granted the ability to be a mother, thus neglecting their children as the blessings they are; while so many hard working- magical moms go unrecognized. Being a mother is the hardest job any woman will ever have, and the highest paying. There is not one day that shouldn’t be cherished and celebrated for the milestone it is! I have tried for years now for a child of my own(patiently, and on a schedule- everything!), and in my journey have realized the role of a mother is not just for those with children of their own body, but those who love and nurture children of all blood. While I may not qualify to be nominated, I am ‘nana’ to 2 wonderful children who light up my day every chance they get!

six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Laura said…
I'm a new mom, so there have been a lot of big moments. But the most important so far was when my grandma (who has raised 7 children) said that I am a natural mother. Knowing that she feels that way has given me the encouragement I so need right now.
Tarissa said…
My mom is awesome! She is under quite a bit of stress, but her work always shines through. My mom has homeschooled both my brother & I all through school... and now I'm a high school graduate, with my brother closely following. I can't believe the patience she has shown by teaching us for so long. She takes great care of our family, and has gone through a lot these past years.
Would love it if I could win something like this for her!
Linda said…
I have done quite a bit of volunteering for my 3 children at their schools. One example of going beyond just occured. On Friday, I awoke at 5:00 AM so that I could accompany my son as a chaperone on a field trip to a band competition. I rode on the school bus, helped the band with carrying equipment and setting up, and rode back on the bus. We returned to school after 5:00 PM.
Erica C. said…
Working overtime to afford extras and the lack of sleep has shown me what I can really get through.
tdean30 said…
My daughter is 12 and has decided that she wants to drive her mom crazy! She wants to be friends with older girls who like to get her into trouble. Now she is in counseling and it is going to be a very looonnng summer. If I make it through this I will have definitely overcome some unique challenges.
Jammie said…
I go above and beyond by putting my daughter first. Everything I do is for her, and I am lucky enough to be able to stay home and home school her. We teach her not to hate but to love, we teach her not to judge but to except.
Amber said…
I go above and beyond by taking them to and from all of their after school activities, plus I let them borrow my things such as jewelry even if I never get it back, lol. Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com
Amanda said…
My husband is in the air force and was deployed frequently. It is hard to be left behind as a single parent when you have no family around to help. Thankfully we made it through, and he is now in the reserve so we have him home with us much more often!
winnieayala at yahoo dot com
Erin M. said…
There's something life-changing about ending the road of children, sending them off to college and Leaving the nest. Then having every plan STOP suddenly with the news of a new baby!
But I can honestly say the 15 year age gap Teaches us all something wonderful about ourselves everyday...and keeps my family together now, through just about anything!
(panicxduh@yahoo.com)
missrantsypants said…
Im not a mom. But my mother goes above and beyond the call of duty everyday. She's not just my mom, she's also my best friend, and my number one fan. She's works so hard to provide the very best for her children even if we all are in our twenties.


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com
Julie said…
For many years, I have/do struggle with major depression and bipolar. I made a vow to myself a long time ago, that I would try/be the best mom I could be. Well, I am glad to say my kids have grown up into responsible, caring adults/teenage

aunteegem@yahoo.com
idahomom said…
My mom fought a courageous battle against breast cancer and lost when she was only 38. She taught me to live each day to the fullest because you never know what tomorrow will bring. I try to make every day special for my boys.
Valancia said…
As for going above the call of duty as a Mom I do kind and caring things for my Son over the many years. Waiting on him hand and foot and even when sick or having something like the flu or a cold .. He always come first, Only us mothers know what I'm saying. I try to give my son little things to surprise him, not expensive things but things he likes to use or play with or special snacks that are Healthy for him which isn't always an easy thing to do since we know how kids just love junk foods. My time is his time and he knows I'll drop anything to spend time with him and make it a fun time even when plum tuckered out. There's just a myriad of things I do for him and my family that I do above the call of duty as being a mom but it's all in a days work as holding the Title of mom and I wouldn't change it at all.

skyxsky27(at)gmail.com
amyd said…
I go beyond every day with my 2 sons,i am home all day with them,go to their school to help,sports,and anything else you can think of!

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Renski17 said…
I believe that all moms (and Dads) go above and beyond (to a degree) when it comes to their kids. My young sons are happy and healthy. I hope they continue down a path to success, but if they fail along th eway, I will be there for them. renski17@fortaj.com
pat jasmin said…
my children have grwn and they are working and raiseing a family and i am proud of them.
katklaw777 said…
I think the most important thing your can share with your child is the love of books and reading.
I started reading soft, rhythmic poetry and books to my children before they were even born.
I continued to share my love of books with them through their childhood and ran the book fair at their schools for over 12 years.
I am thrilled to say that both of my children are avid readers and I do believe their horizons are expanded because of this. Thanks.
tina reynolds said…
We have went through a lot this past year with my husband being laid off and adjusting to unemployment and trying to get a new job and going to school. Then we had to move, which was hard, and finally found out baby #3 is on the way. We just keep are heads held high, and are thankful were together and have healthy kids eaglesforjack@gmail.com
Trina said…
I think every mom goes beyond. We are all tasked to do so much from working outside the home, teaching our children, caring for our husbands and our home and volunteering in our kids schools or other activities, while still trying to eek out a little something for ourselves.
I have recently volunteered to lead my local moms group for a second time ofter taking a year off. In this group we focus on giving to the women who have given so much. Although it can be a lot of work it is so worth it when you hear the stories from the women about how the group has helped them feel like women again and not just a multi-tasker.
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ShesAnAngel said…
I go above and beyond (at least most people might think that!) everyday cause my son has autism. Because of this I have worked so hard and also cried so hard, trying to get him the assistance he needs to be successful. He is actually a genius but many people can't get past his differences to experience this awesome part. I do my best everyday to help my son learn what he can to have a happy life :D

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js22 said…
Driving the kids hither and yon for their appointments and activities, I can't imagine how mothers who have a full time job outside the home handle it all!

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susan1215 said…
I gave up my career to stay home with my children. We live on my husbands income which means having one car, no vacations or eating out and buying clothes at consignment stores but my children will remember me being there for them every day, that's more important than the material things.
carolpie said…
I still do for my surviving children and they are grown. Our son still lives with us and I get up with him when he gets ready for work and make breakfast and lunch for him. I do his laundry, too because I figure one day he will get his own place and it is a honor for me to do this for him. I help my daughter with the grandkids alot also. When you lose a child you really value your family so very very much.
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ktgonyea said…
I don't think that I necessarily go above and beyond, I just do what every mom does - everything that their child needs :)

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Cheryl M. said…
In the process of becoming a mother, I went beyond by discovering myself all over again. The process uncovered things that I now articulate as truths for me. You have to empathize with people without crossing the line into pity. You have to be honest with yourself before you can ever be honest with someone else. You have to make sure your criticism does not include ridicule. You have to have a sense of humor, especially when things are not going well. You have to do your best to respect people, even when you disagree with them. Most of all, you have to know when to trade winning an argument so you can win over a heart.

I would say that of all the reading and studying I did about parenting, all the observations of other children, all the discussions I had with other mothers and respected elders, my children were still my best teachers. If I approached them with respect and honesty, they responded in kind. When I got edgy and snappish because of competing priorities, they responded in kind. Nothing keeps you on your toes more than an observant child.

So for me, I love being a mother because of the reciprocal relationship of parenting. It’s not just love, although that’s a big part of it; it is the intangible reward of knowing that if you survive all the dirty diapers, scraped knees, 2 AM feedings, bad dreams, silly fights, broken windows, hurt feelings, raging hormones – you might just find that you, yourself, have become a grown-up that you actually admire. Thats how I went beyond ;)
Cheryl M. said…
^^^oops forgot my email: mcgaritym@gmail.com

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Kerry said…
I nursed my twin daughters for the first year of their lives. It was very difficult at times, but so worth it in the end!
Susan said…
I think being a mom in itself calls for going above and beyond every day. I'm a single mom, and work full time, sometimes I feel like I don't have one bit of energy left, but those smiles and hugs make it all worth it.
Susan
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A Mom's Take said…
As a single young women I discovered I was pregnant. I was shocked and scared and not sure what to do! I quickly learned that the best thing for this unborn child would be to be placed for adoption and I found THE most wonderful family in the world to raise him! The adoption has been very open and I see him on occasion. It is amazing to me to have been a mother for the 2 days I spent with him in the hospital and my time carrying him for all I was able to learn and grow from him. I will be forever grateful for that life changing experience and that beautiful little boy who changed my life!! I am now happily married and with 2 little boys of my own and pregnant with number 3. I love my boys and my life very much but I’ll be forever grateful for that first special child that made such a difference to who I am today!

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Maja said…
i teach my son spanish and my language (croatian), how to draw and read and write. he is 5 and he is doing an amazing job.
Trisha D. said…
i make sure my kids are raised with respect and to treat other with respect! i try to take my kids to concerts they want to see and events as long as they get good great and treat ppl right! i love my kids and am very blessed!!
slehan said…
I'm not a mom but here's my story: I didn't think I could sing. I heard a women's chorus and wanted to join. I took singing lessons. I tried out and was accepted into the chorus. I've been singing for 20 years now - once in Lincoln Center in NYC. Thanks for the contest.
yadgirl said…
I'm not a mom, but when dealing with children, I am patient and respectful.
Gianna said…
I do it all for my husband and 5 kids.
Betty C said…
I don't think I ever go above and beyond. I simply do everything within my power to help my children to be responsible caring adults when they are on their own. Isn't that what we are supposed to do?