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A Tip From a Working Mom: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The kiddos
"I get by with a little help from my friends..."
Mothers require help to raise our children. As much as we’d like to, we simply can’t do everything alone. Often, credit is given to grandmothers, teachers, and nannies who help us on a daily basis. And those accolades should continue to flow. My own support system includes those folks and I am forever grateful.

That said, my support system also includes relying on the kindness of other moms who often surprise me with their kindness and generosity at just the right time. I am blessed with lots of good mommy friends, but here are a few examples: 

  1. There’s my neighbor, Sara, who has ensured that my daughter is now the owner of every possible princess costume ever made by Disney. Since my daughter believes she is a princess and was invited to a princess party this weekend, those costumes come in handy. 
  2. There’s Jess who is the founder of “Martini Moms” who invited me over last year while I was on maternity leave and reminded me that life not only continues after you have the second baby it can be a hell of a lot of fun. 
  3. There’s my friend Amanda, who reminded me that neither ice cream nor cookies will scar my kids for life. 
  4. There's my friend Kim who knows how everything works in  Pittsburgh and makes sure that I do too. There's my friend Tasha, who is quite possibly the best godmother on the planet. She and my daughter click and every gift she sends is perfectly perfect!

Last Week, A Mommy Friend Saved My Schedule!

And just last week, there was my friend, Dorna. She appeared like an angel in the carpool lane at camp and offered to take my daughter in for me. What she didn’t know is I was scrambling to work to make a meeting.  Her well timed offer made all of the difference. I was worried that my daughter was disappointed that I didn’t take her in that day. However, wouldn’t you know the next day, my daughter was even disappointed when I took her into camp because “Oh, I wanted someone special to take me!” Go figure!

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