It’s been a big year for my teenager, Angeline, and I. She’ll be 18 soon, and is going through all of the typical rites of passage: a new car, an internship at a local vets office (which is her first job!) and now…the start of her senior year of high school! Couple all of those things with the fact that her dad and I split up at the beginning of the summer, and you can imagine how much her life has completely changed within a matter of months. Being a teenager is difficult enough as it is, but this summer has thrown us all into a tailspin and we’re struggling to do the best we can. When I began working on this Minute Maid® Doin’ Good sponsored campaign, it actually made me feel a little better about my current situation – life may not be ideal right now, but hey, all things considered, I’m doin’ good!
The new school year will be welcomed as we all find a new routine, but it can make it even more tough to find time to spend with our kids. However, I have to say her dad has been doing a great job of “Doin’ Good” with Angeline by being more actively involved in her life.
It began with sitting down and talking to her about our divorce, then continuing that conversation as the process progressed. He immediately began working on developing a relationship with Angeline outside of our family unit, and while it hasn’t been perfect and there have been growing pains, so to speak, I think they’re on the right path! He took her to buy her first car in June and that’s been a great bonding experience for the two of them – nothing brings parents and kids together quite like a project!
Minute Maid’s “Doin’ Good” campaign is all about celebrating moms and dads who are, in reality, doing better than they think. It’s about embracing the notion of perfect imperfection: making the most of the time we spend with our kids, and making the best of some of the more challenging moments of being a mom or dad.
It’s about recognizing other parents – maybe a friend, sibling or other relative – for the great job they’re doing. It’s also about taking a step back to say “I’m doing good, too.” Those few minutes we spend in the morning getting ready for our day together, the midday text messages we send to check in with each other while we’re out and about or I am out of town, celebrating her new internship over dinner…it’s the little things in life that add up and bring us closer.
Parenting is all about balancing the good with the bad and sometimes finding the good in the more difficult moments. As parents, we tend to focus on our weaknesses and worry about not doing enough for our children. We wish we could give them more things, more time, bigger and better experiences…but when it comes down to it, kids just want to spend quality time with their parents and hear “I love you” every day.
So go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back – you’re Doin’ Good. Share your own stories of how you are #doingood as a parent, or the story of someone you know, here in the comments. I’m excited to read them.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®.