This post is brought to you by Mott’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Let’s be honest…the only sure thing about parenting is that things
never, hardly ever, only when it doesn’t matter, rarely go as planned. My latest experience with this good & honest parenting truth happened this week.
The kids are on Spring Break, and we had planned to spend a few days in San Diego, maybe even take them to Legoland. It was meant to be a surprise for two reasons: 1) the kids LOVE surprises and 2) if we didn’t tell them about it, they wouldn’t ask us 8,907 times a day how many more days until we were going to go. And on Sunday night, Ethan got the stomach flu. It’s Wednesday now and he’s still sick! Lila got it on Monday night, and so far nobody else has gotten sick.
There are other times when things don’t go as planned. When a kid asks questions about a topic you aren’t ready to discuss with them yet (sex!) and when explaining difficult subjects like death. Or when they repeat something awful that you said. And when they throw attitude at you and you realize it sounds just like you. Or maybe you forget it’s Dress Up Like Your Favorite Book Character at school. Or don’t tell the kids about a friend’s birthday party because you don’t want to go sit there for 2 hours, and another kid brings it up. Lots and lots of times, things don’t go as planned. And sometimes, or rather pretty often, you just gotta go with the flow.
Which brings me to Mott’s new Good & Honest campaign.
Not familiar with Mott’s? Mott’s is the maker of applesauce and 100% juice and juice drinks parents have counted on for years. Since 1842, Mott’s has proudly created delicious and nutritious products for adults and children and continues to provide “simple solutions” to meet the needs of today’s busy families. My kids are huge fans of Mott’s products. Mott’s applesauce and Go Applesauce pouches are both staples at our house. We also love to make popsicles using Mott’s apple juice!
That’s why I love Mott’s new Good & Honest campaign. This campaign uses ads to share some of life’s “parenting truths” moments to uplift parents, share a laugh and acknowledge that we all improvise along the way. Since no parent really has a manual that tells us what should be doing every step of the way, it’s a good reminder for all of us that we are learning as we go. Sometimes we do a fantastic job, other times it’s messy and frustrating. I like that Mott’s is giving us the opportunity to actually celebrate all of the unplanned moments and recognizing that moms and dads are doing the best they can every day – sometimes we succeed, but not always. And that’s okay.
I think it’s important to be able to sit down with your kids and be honest in telling them that you don’t have all the answers, you’re tired, or that you need a 5 minute break. I think that telling them that you are disappointed/upset/hurt/happy/sad…any and all feelings is also very important. Being a role model to little people is hard! And it’s important that they understand that you are also learning from them.
Would you like to win a $50 gift card as well as some great Mott’s products for your family? All you need to do to enter is share one of your favorite #GoodandHonest parenting moments with me by leaving a comment below! The contest ends on April 7, 2015, so make sure to leave a comment and help spread the word! I’ve even got a tweet or Facebook post all ready for you to use!
*A winner will be chosen at random using random.org. The winner must be a resident of the U.S. The winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.