*This post is sponsored by Minute Maid and their amazing new #doingood program which gives mad props to hard-working parents like you and me!
Parenting is complicated business. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. Of course we all know about sleepless nights where one kid has a nightmare, another’s foot hurts for no apparent reason, and pretty soon every child in the family ends up in mom and dad’s bed. Party on! There is barf to clean up, tantrums to quell, backpacks to fill, tears to sooth, and a lot of fights to referee.
Parenting is so much harder than it looks on Full House.
Just a little illustration that happened to…a friend of mine. Oh, fine, we all know it happened to me while walking my four young children home from the park. Everyone starts out in high spirits, begging to ride their bikes and scooters, but on the loooong quarter mile back home, it all unraveled in an instant. The baby blew out a bazooka of poop, splattering and oozing in every direction. The toddler’s legs suddenly refused to work. Buddy boy had a nasty fall, and big sis released repressed emotions from having to wear jeans instead of leggings three days ago. You would have thought we were a wailing funeral procession.There was blood, there was poop, and there was crying. So much crying. At that moment, a sweet older woman walked toward me on the sidewalk. I nearly looked away, afraid of her scorn. But to my blessed surprise, she looked at my predicament with absolutely no judgement in her eyes. She smiled at me encouragingly and said, “You’re doing great!”
It was like receiving a gift. Those three words were all the boost I needed to keep doing those hard things that parents do.
As a parent, there are moments you wonder, Am I even doing this right? and I think the dog could parent better than me. But you’re doing so much better than you think. Actually, you’re doing awesome! That’s why we are beyond thrilled to bring you Minute Maid’s “Doin’ Good” program.
Minute Maid’s #doingood campaign is out to remind parents of all the wonderful things—big and small—they do to make a positive difference in their children’s lives. It’s time to celebrate perfect imperfections for us moms and dads who, in reality, are doing much better than we think!
In a world of mounting pressures from social media to post the “perfect” photo or status update, Minute Maid is elevating the everyday moments and little joys in our imperfect families. It is real life. It is recognizing not only the good in your own parenting, but letting other parents know they’re doin’ good too! More encouragement, less judgement. “You’re doing great!”
Four-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin is partnering with Minute Maid to celebrate great parents everywhere and encourage others to do the same. When it comes to making juice or raising a family, when you put good in, you get good out.
Check out this sweet clip from Missy to her mom and dad, reminding them that they are #doingood. Tissue please!
Through May 31, 2016, you can enter the “Breakfast with Missy” promotion by sharing a photo or video nominating a parent in your life who is #doingood. You can share your photo or video on MinuteMaid.com, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #doingoodcontest.
Missy Franklin will select five winners and a guest of their choice to join her for a special breakfast following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
Let Other Parents Know They’re Doin’ Good with Our Secret Neighbor Service!
For parents, positive recognition is few and far between. Let a friend, neighbor, or family member know that they’re #doingood by delivering an anonymous basket of goodies to their doorstep!
Use our FREE printable (isn’t it cute?!) to write a quick note of encouragement, make an extra copy for them to pass along, and then make their day with a secret surprise!
Good luck, and help us and Minute Maid recognize all of the amazing parents out there who are #doingood by printing out and delivering the secret service printable above! Warm fuzzies all around.
And you can always celebrate your friends on social media—who doesn’t love a little friendly notification? Just use Minute Maid’s #doingood hashtag and tell the world about the amazing parenting job you see from your friends everyday!
*This post was written by me on behalf of Minute Maid’s #doingood program.