In light of TIME Magazine’s breastfeeding cover debacle, you’ve all heard my diatribe about the media pitting moms against each other. To recap: I AM “mom enough,” and I resent the implication that the mothers of today are somehow collectively screwing up their children. Can’t we get a little mom encouragement around here once in awhile? So here’s something a bit more cheery: a company bringing a little bit of the warm and fuzzy back into being a mom.
Maybe I’m just hormonal, but that makes me downright weepy. Granted, at three months pregnant now, I get weepy when Nate tells me he’s bringing dinner home so I don’t have to cook. But that’s not the point.
That “new parent” phase is SO hard, and it’s really helpful to have someone there supporting you, providing that mom encouragement and letting you know that you’re more than adequate. I had a ton of support after Some Boy was born and have done what I can to keep that going with other new moms. In the past, Nate and I have put together welcome home baby baskets for military families, with basics like wipes, shampoo, lotion, pacifiers, etc. It’s these little things that parents don’t necessarily think to stock up on beforehand, and having to scramble for essentials at the last minute – while juggling a baby and all of life’s other demands – can be really stressful. It may not be the most thrilling of gifts, but it’s important to get the details squared away.
So I’m excited to be spreading the word about a company that’s helping make moms’ lives a little easier. Johnson’s Baby Cares is partnering with Save the children to donate baby “care kits” stocked with baby essentials to Save the Children who will distribute them to families in disaster stricken situations. Plus, Johnson’s will donate an additional $50,000 to Save the Children when they achieve 500,000 views on their “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom — You’re Doing OK” video. It’s just Johnson’s way of offering some mom encouragement and giving families a happy and healthy start.
How do you help offer “mom encouragement”?
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.