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    This time of the year is very special because it honors all the moms and dads through the celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Although parents make many sacrifices for their children throughout the year with absolutely no expectation of recognition, it’s really important to highlight what a wonderful job they are doing raising their kids.  After all, who doesn’t like to hear that they are doing a good job, especially when that job is as monumental as being responsible for another human being?

My husband and our boys.

My husband and our boys.

    I have to be completely honest, I don’t always feel like I am doing the best job possible at raising my boys.  Although their father and I do everything possible to ensure that they are always safe and cared for, life events that are sometimes outside of our control have a way of making us second-guess ourselves as parents.  A perfect example of that is when my nine year-old has epileptic seizures, the mother in me wants to take it all away and make it better right away but I have no control over that.

My brother and my nephew.

My brother and my nephew.

    Other parents also experience parental doubt like we have.  It’s natural to wonder if you are always making the right decision or choosing the right path for your children, especially when they are young.  That is why I want to take this opportunity to tell my siblings, and the rest of the parents that I know, that they are doing great jobs as parents.  Even during those times when they have been faced with adversity like their children’s health problems or even financial difficulties, they have always been great parents.  Parenting can sometimes be a thankless job but they have always remained steadfast in their love and support of their kids.

My sister and my son.

My sister and my son.

    I’m sure many of you also feel sometimes like you are not doing a good job as a parent.  My job is to tell you that you that nothing could be further from the truth.  These days, the demands and pressures of everyday life are immense. Keeping up with a career, a home and everything else that goes on in life can leave parents feeling imperfect – like they can’t be the mom or dad they want to be. But the truth is, most parents are doing much better than they think.

    A new video from Minute Maid shows how parents really are “Doin’ Good.”  Check out this new video from my friends at Minute Maid.  Make sure you share it with your  friends and family to remind them that they, too, are doing a great job as a parent!

Let’s Discuss:  Do you know someone who is doing a better job as a parent than he or she might think?

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  1. I think my friend is doing a better job than she thinks. She is a single mom.

  2. Jessica To says

    I have a friend who is raising her two boys alone. I think she is doing a wonderful job.

  3. Robin Masshole mommy says

    I think most of us do a better job than we realize in general. Most of us are hard on ourselves unnecessarily.

  4. Mary Happymommy says

    I have a friend who is an ICU nurse and mom to toddler twins. She’s doing an incredible job.

  5. Natalie says

    My mom is doing great as a mom because she remarried and is doing a great job at being the mom of 2 step kids and her 2 real kids. She also raised 2 kids as a single parent on a teacher’s salary.

  6. nicole dziedzic says

    My sister has two kids, and sometimes doubts herself as a parent, she works out of the home, goes to school, and volunteers at her kids events and schools. She is a super mom i think, and she does a great job juggling it all.

  7. Sandy Cain says

    My neighbor is a great mom! She has doubts, because she goes out to work every day instead of staying home. But her little boy is just a delight, so I know she’s doing a wonderful job!

  8. Barbara Montag says

    Yes I have a niece who often doubts her ability as a mom
    She’s a single parent and she’s great!
    thank you

  9. shelly peterson says

    My friend Victoria is raising her grandsons. She now is also taking care of a friends 3 kids, I sure couldn’t take that on. She is doing a great job!

  10. Jessie C. says

    My sister is doing a great job with triplets, I admire her so much.

  11. Janet W. says

    My daughter, who is the mother of my two grandsons, is doing an excellent job as a mother! She shows her boys so much love and patience.

  12. Marti Tabora says

    My husband is the best dad I have ever known. He will and does sacrifice his own health and comfort for his children, but he constantly worries because he can’t provide them with everything he would like to. They live in Honduras and are very poor, but he has brought up three really wonderful children.

  13. My niece is a single mom of 3 who works and takes care of her kids and I think that in spite of her situation, she’s #doingood and being an amazing Mother and providing the best she can yet I don’t know if she realizes it.

  14. Amanda Sakovitz says

    My best friend is an amazing mom to two kids. I don’t think she gives herself enough credit.

  15. Julie Wood says

    My sister is a great Mom to her daughter and son. She is going through a heartbreaking ordeal with my nephew who is only 2 has a brain tumor. He is getting chemo, and I am amazed at all her patience and love for him, and how she manages to keep up with her daughter and her schooling during this difficult time. She is an inspiration to me!

  16. Jennifer Marie says

    My mom is doing way better than she thinks. She always worries that because she can not help financially that she is not helping. However, she has taught me to be a hard worker and that is far more important to me.

  17. My wife is always hard on herself about her parenting choices. She just doesn’t realize what a good job she is really doing.

  18. Elle P. says

    My sister in law is a fantastic, hard working, hands on Mother who does so much and asks for so little. She’s #doingood and I’d love for her to know that.

  19. meagan bs says

    most of my friends that are parents are way too hard on themselves.

  20. Bridgett Wilbur says

    My daughter is a first time parent and she is doing great. I am so proud of her she’s a natural at it.

  21. Heather! says

    My stepdaughter just had a baby five months ago, and she is already becoming such a great mom! i am so proud of her.

  22. My sister. She has a son who is 13 now, and has low functioning autism. She was told he would never talk when he was younger, but she never gave up. He is now talking and loves being on the computer. She has daily therapists at the house, he has to be fed through a feeding tube, and needs 24 hour constant supervision. She does such an amazing job on a daily basis!

  23. Trinh L. says

    My sister doesn’t have any children but if she did have kids she would be a great mom. She has been there for my kids when they were born. She lectures and spoil my kids. My kids have lots of love and respect for her. She’s their favorite Aunt.

  24. Tabathia B says

    My cousin is a single mom of three that doesn’t receive child support. She works in a nursing home and takes great care of her kids and enrolls them in sports to keep them active

  25. Stephanie says

    i would say my mom! she is a great mom to us!

  26. My friend from college is doing a great job. She works difficult hours with her job, yet still spends quality time with her daughter and teaches her good values.

  27. Every parent I know does a great job. We are not perfect but parenting along with all the other duties can be tough.

  28. Thomas Murphy says

    My brother is doing a better job as a parent then he thinks. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Sarah Hall says

    My daughter is doing a wonderful job with her son. She is a widow and has raised him by herself since he was one month old. She is a great mom and has taught him manners and values. I know he’ll be a good man when he grows up because of her.

  30. My cousin is a single mom. She is doing a great job balancing it all!

  31. Allison Downes says

    My cousin just became a new mom and she is doing a wonderful job as a single parent.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this 🙂

  32. Stephanie Phelps says

    I think my husband is a better parent than he gives himself credit for he is always so loving and concerned and of course he provides for us!

  33. I have so many friends who are parents and don’t think they’re doing the best job ever. I feel like we’re ALL doing better at this parenting gig than we think. It’s a tough job!

  34. I have so many friends who are single parents, but I have a friend right now who just lost her SO and I want her to know that she’s doing an amazing job parenting through loss, pain, grief, and all those emotions. She’s doing so much better than she think she is. Gosh I need to call her right now.

  35. My Daughter was and is a much better Mother than I could ever hope to be. She is so patient, where I have no patience.

  36. I think it’s just human nature to doubt ourselves but as long as we’re doing the best we can we are phenomenal parents. At least I think I am. 🙂

  37. I have a friend who is a single parent. She is doing such an amazing job with no support at all!

  38. Patricia says

    I really think this describes every mom. We do a lot and sometime we don’t realize that.

  39. I think all mamas believe that they are not doing a good job. I think as long as your kids are clothes, fed, have shelter, and are mostly happy–you are doing a great job. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the other moms out there 🙂

  40. Aw, this is sweet! I think most parents are doing better than they think they are. Parents are pretty hard on themselves.

  41. Jennifer W says

    My husband often worries whether he’s doing a good job with our son. I think he’s fantastic, and our son idolizes him. He’s gentle, patient and strong.

  42. My friends children are all grown up now but there wasn’t a onr of them who had doubts about whether they were doing a great job at parenting. Well, the proof is in the pudding–all the kids are now well functioning adults!

  43. I sure feel like I’m doing a sloppy job. Between a full-time job and blogging, it’s easy to neglect many important things, but I remind myself that nobody is perfect and I am doing it for my family

  44. We always question our parenting, especially when you make a decision and you’re not sure if it was the best; it’s a great learning experience!

  45. I think first time parents worry so much about everything that they probably do put too much stress on themselves. I know my husband and I did. And then when they are grown, you worry if something you did or didn’t do might have contributed to any issues they are having. In the end, you just have to make sure you make educated decisions and trust your gut.

  46. steve weber says

    My co-worker is doing a darn good job- single mother, 2 jobs and the kid is happy as ever.

  47. We are our worst enemy, critic and so much more. I often think I have failed but then my kids make me see I haven’t. It’s such a learning experience

  48. I have a wonderful friend who had the same man in her life for many years. They had two children. They separated when the kids were 16 and 12. That was a year ago. She thinks she’s messing everything up doing it all on her own, but I think she’s doing an amazing job.

  49. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    My Sister Is A Wonderful Single Parent, She Never Feels Like She Is Doing Enough, But She Is A Doing A Great Job! She Is A Great Mom!

  50. My sis in law is going through a difficult season right now and she thinks she “failed” her kids, that she is letting them down or not doing enough for them but it’s the total opposite. She is doing an amazing job!

  51. Tracy Robertson says

    I would say my Mom. Even though I am grown we are closer than ever.

  52. Lori Clark says

    yes i have a fried raising 3 boys alone. she raises them with morals and values!

  53. Jennifer Rote says

    My sister-in-law is doing a pretty great job. She is single with 5 kids. Three have disabilities. And she works full time. I don’t know how she holds it all together.

  54. My neighbor has three young kids. She seems a bit stressed sometimes, but she is doing a great job!

  55. Carolyn Barnett says

    I think my mom was the best that there was. she always looked for the best in everyone.She always said to treat other people the way you would like to be treated!

  56. Ann Bacciaglia says

    My best friend has two little girls. Her five year old is Autistic and non verbal. She is always beating herself up thinking she is not doing a good job. She is an amazing Mom and i try to tell her all the time that she is doing a great job.

  57. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    My BFF has three girls under six, and I know she feels like the worst mom in the world pretty often. I get tired just watching her parent, so she’s obviously doing an amazing job!

  58. I have a friend who has three small kids and just recently lost her father and is taking care of 3 kids and running her father’s business now almost singlehandly. And she’s doing an amazing job as a mother.

  59. My daughter and Son-In-Law are doing a better job than they think.

  60. Ellie Wright says

    My youngest son and his wife are first time parents of my 7 month old granddaughter. They are doing much better than they think they are.

  61. Jodi Kershuk says

    My friend is doing a much better job at parenting than she thinks she is.

  62. Cynthia C says

    My niece has three little ones and works part time. She does a wonderful job of caring for them.

  63. PuffyBiggles says

    I think my mother may be doing a better job as a parent than she may think. She’s always thinking about others. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Tari Lawson says

    My niece has been through many difficult times. She always worries about being good mother to her children. She may not be able to give them all the material things they want, but she is there for them all the time, supporting them in sports, at school and other things. She is a great mom.

  65. Margaret Smith says

    My sister in law Gail is a super wonderful Mom of 7 children/stepchildren. She’s such a caring, giving, patient and wonderful person and she gives everything of herself to her kids.

  66. As far as someone other than myself, I would have to say one of my very good friends is doing a much better job than she thinks. She is really struggling with her children right now and thinks she’s a horrible mom and that’s so not true. She’s amazingly strong because I sure could not handle what she is dealing with!

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  67. heather s says

    My sister has 4 kids and she is doing a great job. It is hard with the varying ages/needs but she keeps up with it all

  68. I think that every parent I know is probably doing a better job than he/she thinks. Almost everyone has doubts about their parenting skills.

  69. Jessica Vaughan gengler says

    I think that this describes many moms I know. IT is easy to find the things that we struggle with, and not take the time to praise the things we do well.

  70. My sister is doing a great job. I admire her so much.

  71. Debbi Wellenstein says

    I have a friend who is a wonderful mother of 6 little kids. She is patient and kind.

  72. jules m. says

    my niece is doing a great job raising her 2 yr old son.. i know she wishes she didnt have to work but as a single parent she has no choice, and shes doing a great job!

  73. Cheryl Larimer says

    My son and daughter in law are doing a great job raising my grandson. They both have full time jobs that can be stressful and require some travel. I think they do an amazing job balancing the requirements of work and the joys of raising a child. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

  74. Geoff K says

    Absolutely my good friend Sarah. She constantly feels guilty for having to work so much, but in reality she does an amazing job of balancing work and home and I know how much her kids respect and appreciate all she does to provide for them.

  75. Kenny F says

    my friend is doing a better job than she thinks.

  76. My friend Sue is parenting her granddaughter since her own daughter was tragically killed in a car accident. She is doing a remarkable job through all of this . Wish she knew it

  77. Andrea v says

    I think my husband deserves more credit then what he gets. We works hard and is gone 5 days a week from his family. I know he misses us and would rather be home.

  78. Desiree Dunbar says

    My sister is doing way better of a job parenting my nephew than she thinks.

  79. Betsy R Barnes says

    I am giving a shout out to my best friend for doing a good job. She has been a single mom, raising her two children since they were very young. She has been there for then, even at times when she worked two jobs. Her children are well rounded and they are fantastic human beings 🙂

  80. kyl neusch says

    Have a close friend who is raising child alone

  81. My mom is always doing great. She is great at helping me with sewing projects.

  82. Brittney House says

    My best friend was worried about being a first time single mom but her son is happy healthy and smart.

  83. Ashley C says

    My sister in law is doing a great job! She doesn’t think she is though.

  84. Dawn Monroe says

    My oldest daughter is doing a great job as a mom. She is juggling working and being a mom but she is organized, nurturing and has a lot of patience. Im very proud of her.

  85. lupita m says

    My sister has being an amazing mother all the Times since she had her first child now she have 3 more and a adopted one and continúes doing a great job but she Dora not know that she alwas saids she is the runt.

  86. Michelle C says

    I have a friend who is a single dad to a one year old and a three year old. He’s so patient and loving and I know he’s doing a great job!

  87. My daughter is doing a good job with my grandson. It is really hard to do it as a single parent.

  88. Penny Snyder says

    I think my sis-in-law is doing an awesome job as a mom. She’s the rock of the family – holding us all together thru medical issues!

  89. My niece has five kids. Although it’s hectic, she is very involved in each of their lives.

  90. I do not know someone who is doing a better job as a parent than he or she might think. I should meet more people.

  91. I think my mom did a great job as a single parent than she thought she did. She’s still amazing.

  92. Being a full-time working mom, I think my mom rocked at balancing parenthood with work!

  93. Seyma Shabbir says

    I think all moms are dong a better job than they think! We all worry that we ay not be dong the best!

  94. Lisa Garner says

    My sister in law is doing a much better job of raising her teenage son than she thinks she is.

  95. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says

    My friend has four kids under 7 years old, and she often feels overwhelmed. She does a fantastic job raising them with good values, manners, and lots of love!

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  96. I feel like that is me..sometimes I dont know what I am doing. Its like I am learning as I go but people tell me I did a wonderful job. and you learn from the mistakes

  97. joe gersch says

    My sister is dong a better job at parenting than she thinks. She is so nurturing

  98. Angela Cisco says

    I think most of my friends know that they are a good parent.

  99. Tammy Shelton says

    My daughter is a fantastic Mom. She is doing a great job raising my 2 grandsons. Love them so much!

  100. Tina Reynolds says

    I think my cousin is doing a much better job than she thinks she is a young single mother doing it all on her own. She does not give her self near enough credit.

  101. Theresa Smith says

    My daughter is doing a better job at being a parent than she thinks she does. She works from home so she never has to leave her kids. She has an 8 month old and a 5 year old that keep her busy all the time. She is so good with them.

  102. Evelyn Goettner says

    My sister in law is doing an amazing job and deserves major props. She has leukemia and still manages to Cook,clean and play with the kids.

  103. Everyone that I know and see often that has kids is a lot older than me so they are great with their kids.

  104. Les Johnson says

    My best friend is doing a great job raising her daughter. Her husband left her a couple years ago and she really struggled. But her daughter is happy and healthy and they are doing so well now.

  105. Stephanie Larison says

    Yes, I have a friend who’s doing an amazing job, but sadly she only sees the things they need improvement. Sometimes you just need to hear a “you’re doing great” as a reminder.

  106. Mary Cloud says

    My brother – it’s not easy raising a child that’s not your own

  107. LynneMarie says

    Yes, my friend Jill who has a special needs child.

  108. I have a neighbor who has 2 children under 4 years old and one on the way. I see how well she is doing but I don’t think she gives herself enough credit for being such a good mom.

  109. Birdiebee says

    My daughter is who sometimes I think has a low self-esteem but she is doing a great job raising her daughter.

  110. Laurie Emerson says

    My sister is doing a better job than she thinks she is. She was so brave in leaving a abusive marriage and starting over with 3 young children. She works 3 jobs to put food on the table and a roof over her head. She feels guilty that the kids do not have what they used to but I tell her that they have it all as they have her.

  111. My sister is doing a great job. She’s raising my nephew as bilingual: English and ASL. He can speak and sign several words and he’s not even two!

  112. Karen A. says

    My son has been raising three children by himself for almost 3 yrs. A 15 yr old son and two daughters, 8 and 10. He puts in long hours at work to provide for them and they’re all doing fine. I am so very proud of him!!

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