Mamás Queridas, You are doing a good job! #DoinGood #DiMe

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“Just drink your medicine!” I yelled.

My two year-old son just kept crying as he looked up at me with his tear-filled big brown eyes resisting the 5mL of bubble-gum flavored medicine I was trying to force upon him. And my heart broke … for the both of us.

I don’t remember if I ever got him to take that medicine. I only remember walking away to hide from him so that I could cry, too. I was pregnant with my second child; I was tired; I was frustrated but most of all I was disappointed in myself as a mother. A sick toddler is hard to handle because they can’t tell you what’s wrong. As a new mom, you just do the best you can to help them feel better and when they resist, you feel like you are failing. I cried because I felt like a big fat failure and I was scared because I was about to become a mom of two.

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Many like to say moms are superheroes. And to some, we are. However, that can feel daunting because superheroes always save the day. In our children’s eyes, we just might save the day each and every day. To us, when we are alone, we don’t feel like we are saving the day. We feel like we are just getting by.

That crying day and many days since, I had a bad day. But I didn’t fail. There are still days that I feel like I might. But I haven’t so far. I love my kids and I know that I’m doing a good job. I’m here for them. I teach them, love them, feed them and most importantly, I listen to them.

I’ve learned a few things along the way of this motherhood journey. And I’m sure I’ll continue to learn each and every day. For now, here are a few lessons.

  1. Make time for yourself. Non-negotiable. And don’t feel guilty.
  2. Don’t compare your parenting style to anyone else’s. You and your children are unique.
  3. Ask for help. It’s okay. It really does take a village.
  4. You will make mistakes. Learn from them and grow.
  5. Kids will not remember the mess. They will remember if you listened to them.

Lessons Learned in Motherhood #doingood

Allow Me to Recognize Moms Who Are Doing a Good Job

To all the dear mommies – to all mis mamás queridas: YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB!

I’ve shared that story to some of my dear mommy friends. It’s one of my ‘when I feel like I failed as a mom’ stories. When moms are together, even though we ask for grown up time, we tend to end up talking about our kids. Pues, we are moms! But I realized, I rarely have told my fellow mamas “You are doing a good job!” Below is a collage of photos of my friends who are also moms that I’ve seen over the last year. To you, I say YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB!

Mom You are doing a good job #DoinGood

To the new mommy … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the empty nester mommy … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the mommy of twins … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the mommy of boys … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the mommy of teenage girls … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the mommy of the new mommies … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To the mommy feeling lost without her mommy … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

To all the mommies … YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Minute Maid recently asked parents “Do you feel like you are doing a good job?” What happens next will move you. Grab the tissues and WATCH ‘Minute Maid Parents #doingood Video’ as a reminder of what’s truly important.




Know of a mom who’s going a great job but may not realize it? Post a shout out/short story about her in the comment section below to let her know that she’s doing a better job as a parent than she may realize. With the comment you’ll have a chance to win an awesome Minute Maid prize pack, which includes a $50 Visa gift. Use the gift card to continue “Doin’ Good” with your kids (or give it to someone you think could use it to keep Doin Good with her/his family).

Next month, stay tuned for a note to all the dads out there. You are doing a good job, too. Follow the #doingood conversation with Minute Maid online: Twitter @minutemaid_us; Facebook: /MinuteMaid or visit

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

19 Responses

  1. Mami2jcn says:

    My friend Donna is an ICU nurse and mother of toddler twins. She’s doing an awesome job!

  2. Lauren says:

    My neighbor with three kids seems stressed out, but she is doing great!

  3. Elle 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.

  4. Kelly D says:

    My friend from college is doing good with her daughter. She works difficult hours, but always spends quality time with her daughter and teaches her good values.

  5. HS says:

    As a single parent, my sister-in-law is doing an excellent job raising her kids.

  6. Linda says:

    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.

  7. Lupita 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 🙂

  8. Neiddy says:

    A friend for church is doing a good job raising her kids. She’s a single parent who works, provides, takes care of her children and is involved in the ministry.

  9. Angela says:

    my mom is doing great. she always gives me advice.

  10. Kenny F says:

    I like to shout out to my mom for going above and beyond!

  11. Kenny F says:

    I like to shout out to my mom for going above and beyond!

  12. nicole dziedzic says:

    My shout out is for my sister who raises two kids all on her own, while juggling so much out of the home. She goes to school, works, volunteers, and even has time to be a fitness trainer, she does all of this and still is awesome at everything, including mothering.

  13. Julie Wood says:

    I want to recognize my sister who is a single Mom with two kids and she works hard at her job, and spends her time after work taking such good care of my niece and nephew! She is always so positive and is the happiest when she is spending time with her kids!

  14. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    My best friend is an amazing mom of two and she’s doing awesome!

  15. shelly peterson says:

    My friend Victoria who is raising her grandsons and has also taken on a friends 3 kids too.

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  16. steve weber says:

    My coworker has 2 jobs and is a great single mom!

  17. Thomas Murphy says:

    My sister works full time while being an amazing mom to two kids and is doing a way better job then she thinks!

  18. angela lazo says:

    My mother continues to do amazing job, now in my 30’s, I learn something from her everyday.

  19. Dawn Monroe says:

    My youngest daughter is a new mom and was worried about how she would do but she is awesome. She is protective , nurturing , organized and loving. Plus she looks great for a new mom!

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