Southern Chat: Great Tips from Unstoppable Moms Like You

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I've had friends throughout many stages of my life. Friends who I chatted with on the phone constantly during high school, friends I lived with during college, friends who breezed through my life because of work and then friends who were always there for me no matter what stage of life or decade I was in at the time.

It wasn't until I had my first child that I began to make friends with other women because we had the common bond of being mothers.

I met my friend, Kim, when our first children were less than six months of age. Different circumstances will always bring people together and you always feel so blessed when you find that one friend who becomes your rock. She and I have a lot in common that have made our friendship stick like glue.

For me, Kim is that unstoppable mom that I need to lean on to get me through the challenges of being a mom. As an educator, I've used her as a sounding board when I faced parenting challenges, and I've even let her give all of us some parenting tips on this blog.

I, of course, return the favor by giving her tips on where she should stay on her next vacation. No, seriously, I am also there for her when she may need a sounding board to discuss some of her parenting challenges. We all have parental challenges. Not everyday is all sunshine and roses like this photo below may suggest.

One thing I've learned from experiencing these past 8 years as a parent is that other moms have good ideas, tips, and advice.You don't always have to reinvent the wheel. You just need ask other moms for their ideas and suggestions.

On occasion, I can come up with good ideas of my own.

Each new school year can be kind of crazy with a lot of child drama. You really have to be unstoppable in order to keep it all together. Moms have to pack lunches, chauffeur kids to school, plan dinner menus, juggle work, make sure your child's homework is done, and get your children to bed at a decent hour in order to do the exact same thing again the next day.

I often admit I may be better at picking the right hotel for a vacation than I am on offering parental advice, but I do have a new tip up my sleeve that has worked very well for my preschooler and me this year.

I'm empowering Liza to plan her own healthy lunch ideas for school. This is the first year that she has been required to take a lunch to preschool as they prep her for kindergarten next year.

We grocery shop together, and then every afternoon we plan what will go in her lunchbox the next day.

We jointly make the menu. The next day, it's easy for me to pack her lunch because the list of what she would like to have in her lunch box is right there on the fridge for me to see.

Packing lunch for this picky eater has been a breeze so far.  I'm also learning quite a few unstoppable mom tips myself this fall from the makers of Children's Motrin.  Each week on Facebook, they are asking moms like us to share our best tips on a wide range of topics ranging from meal planning, children's activities, household and even "me" time. I may have some good tips for that so stay tuned.  Tips will be shared through December 1.  Your tips will also help a great cause. Also, by giving your own tips, you have the opportunity to win a $100 TARGET gift card to use any way you would like. Here's what you need to know.

  • The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® are asking Moms to post their tips and tricks to the MOTRIN® Facebook page under each week’s Kelly Ripa question video and for every post, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with the tips they need to help keep their children safe.  Moms could even win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards just for posting.*
    • *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES & D.C., 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion ends 11:59p.m. ET 12/28/14.  Sponsor will donate $1 for each approved Submission made as part of the promotion, with a minimum donation of $30,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000.  For Official Rules, and complete details, visit Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.  To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide visit

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