I’ve done a lot of thinking about being a mum this Summer. Being a mum, for me, has changed dramatically from the original thoughts I had when I was pregnant with Ella back in 2007/2008. I always knew I wanted to be a mum but I never anticipated being a stay-at-home-mum/work-at-home-mum. I just assumed that I would plop my children in daycare and carry on with my “career”. But by the time I finally got around to having my babies (at the age of 37 and 41 respectively) I knew that my career would become my children. Even though I didn’t say it out loud to my husband, I knew that I would not be returning to work as I had known it. I knew that I wanted to be there for everything and not hand over the responsibility to a child care professional. And as hard as it can be some days, being a Mum is by far the best job I have ever had.
Last week I was asked to lend my support to an amazing award programme which honours Mums in the UK. The Tesco Mum of the Year Awards honours every day, normal Mums who are simply amazing. I know other bloggers who have attended the Tesco Mum of the Year awards and have spent most of the evening crying over the awesome stories of Mums who have overcome adversity, triumphed for their children and just simply been inspirational. Isn’t it wonderful to celebrate the brilliance of Mums?
Do you know an amazing mother who deserves recognition? Or could you be Tesco’s Mum of the Year yourself? You can’t nominate yourself but a friend or family member can! You have TODAY to get your nominations in on the Tesco Magazine Mum of the Year site. Take some time this morning to have a think, browse the site and read some of the amazing stories about truly special Mums. I’m lucky enough to be involved in this campaign this year and will be attending the awards ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London in March (ooh la la) so I will be able to report back to you through my tears. I’ll leave you with this video and ask you, “What makes your heart melt as a parent?”