I was talking to my younger sister about this post, I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with it – share a recipe, tell you why I’m proud of my husband or something else. So I asked my younger sister for her opinion, and she asked me if she could write a letter to my husband and me to share with you. I love the idea, because it’s truly from the heart, and I’m not going to lie, like many other parents, it’s nice to have someone remind you that you are “Doin’ Good”. It’s so easy to be hard on yourself, especially when it comes your children because you want to do everything perfect – have enough time, make the perfect dinner, take the perfect vacation, etc. but it doesn’t always happen that way. It’s easy to get caught up in what didn’t happen instead of focusing on the good.
The above picture is my beautiful sister, so you know who she is if you haven’t already seen pictures of her on the blog.
My Sister Reminds Me I’m Doin’ Good as a Parent
Hello, my lovely sister. This is a letter to simply tell you all the things I have wanted to, but never really had the time. Plus, with a letter you have to read it, without interrupting me! Don’t worry – it isn’t a bad letter. It’s a letter to tell you how I feel about you and how much I admire you.
First off, we both know that our younger years weren’t the best between the two of us. We both were pretty blinded by our selfishness. I know I failed to see how important you are in my life. I am so thankful now that we have become such amazing friends and you are a part of my life. I am also incredibly thankful that I can be a part of your children’s lives. They are truly amazing kids and they have all that to thank you for. You are an amazing person and it has come through in your motherhood as well.
I remember you always saying that you didn’t want children and that you never saw yourself ever changing. Luckily, you met your husband and his kids definitely changed you. I respect you so much for stepping up and becoming the mother they never had. You met those children when they were very young, and even with one of them being handicapped, you just smiled and did what you had to do. You became their everything and continue to be their all.
Then you had a child of your own to join your already wonderful family. This just added to the love and affection that shines through to those children. I hate to see when you get frustrated with yourself because you feel you aren’t doing enough or you are doing something wrong. I wish you could see your actions through my eyes. Those children are your number 1 priority and you are hard on yourself. They are wonderful children with more than we had growing up.
It reminds me of our Mom when we were young. She tended to be hard on herself also when things would go wrong. But, you can agree that our Mom was amazing, right? Well, you are your mother’s daughter and you have become an awesome mother all your own. So, just like we tell Mom to take a break and be proud of who we have become, because she raised us, you need to do the same.
I am amazed at how much you do for your kids and still keep it together in your life, too. You work continuously and nonstop, but you never hesitate to break from your work the second those children need something. You set aside time every day for them. You left your career and started a new one just so you could be at home with them. You are making huge life decisions so your children will have the best childhood that they can possibly have. Like you said, “I want them to have a childhood like we had!”
Do you ever stop and tell yourself, “I’m doing one hell of a job, and I’m adulating it like crazy!” I think you should remind yourself every morning when you wake up that you are an amazing mother, a fantastic wife, and the single most awesome sister. And, before you go to sleep, when/if you do lol, tell yourself that you did the best you could that day and you will do better tomorrow.
I don’t have children yet and my nieces and nephews have become my life. I learn so much from them every day and I learn even more from you. I hope that I take everything that you have shown me about being a mother and hold it dear. Because I want to be the same kind of mother to my children. I want to be their world, like you are to your children. When I see them look at you, it’s with the most incredible love that I have yet to experience. But you have that every day and remember, those children love you so much because of the amazing person you are to them and to everyone. They see you smile even when you are not happy, they see you laugh when you want to scream, and they see you care for everyone, even strangers. By doing for them and by showing them, you are teaching them how to be amazing human beings. You need to remember that you are the best thing in those children’s lives and though you are not perfect, you are doing more than your best.
I admire you Jenn. I wanted to write this to express what I see and feel every day without you trying to stifle my praises. You definitely aren’t a braggart and you don’t take compliments very well, so by writing this means you HAD to read it and couldn’t butt in to stop me. I love you, Jennifer, and I am so thankful each and every day that you are a part of my life again and you allow your amazing family to let me in their lives, too.
Thank you for everything you have done, all that you do, and each thing that you will do in the future. Remember you are incredible and those children could not have asked for a better mom, nor would they want anyone else but you. And I would never ask for anyone else to be my sister. You are my best friend, my biggest fan, and my largest supporter and I thank you with all of my being for helping me to build myself each day into the person I am meant to be.
Always your sister,
Forever your fan,
Lorena a.k.a. Auntie Rema, BeBe
Okay, so I admit it, I am still crying. It feels good for someone to take the time of their day to remind you that you’re doing good, which is what Minute Maid wants to help parents realize. Thank you my amazing sister for your kind words and helping I remember to focus on things I can control, the brighter side of things, and thank you for being there to remind me what “Doin’ Good” is about.
I honestly can’t tell you what color my childhood bike was or even the what brand it was, but I do remember my dad teaching me to ride without training wheels. Doin’ Good is the little things, and it’s nice to have someone stop and tell you the things you’re doin’ good from time to time. It helps keep me grounded and reminds me what’s really important.
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My cousin died recently and my aunt and uncle are doing a great job raising his little boy, he is very loved
My sister has so much patience with her daughter who has brain damage. She’s amazing.
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My daughter does a great job with her kids. She stays right on top of things. As a young mom, it can be hard sometimes. But she makes good choices and doesn’t hesitate to get things done.
Lastly, I think my best pal Connie is the best mother ever. Her son is so charming and polite.
I have two grown kids so the proof is two smart kind respectful adults. I did my best and now with my grandsons whom I watch 12 hours a day the 6 year old is the smartest kid in the school and just got an award and the one year old is amazing and smart and learns quickly. Between my daughter and son in law and myself they are great kids!
Our kids are busy with school, volleyball, & homework…this school year is off to a great start, and my wife & I are feeling good with life !
My daughter is doing a great job raising my grandson. She has full custody of him. She is divorced, works a full time job and also has a side business. This doesn’t stop her from spending after school and weekends with her son. She takes him to clubs and finds fun activities for them to do together.
I am an empty-nester now, but my sister always reminds me of what a good loving grandma I am.
My sister & I don’t let the thousands of miles that are between us stop the close relationship that we have & will continue to have!! I love her unconditionally!!
My sister takes the time to take my nephew out with her to do activities like going to the zoo and sky zone!
my sisterinlaw is doing good rearing her 2 teens while working full time
I know my husband and I are doing good because we have our kids on a routine and my daughters are already getting straight A’s in school this year. We have 5 kids so being on a routine is what really helps for us.
My neighbors really put in an effort. Today they took down the pool put Halloween decorations.
My brother and his wife are doing awesome jobs as parents. My brother has to travel due to his job. Even at a distance, he is very involved in the kids lives. His wife does a great job of keeping the household running…the kids make good grades and are involved in so many things. I am very proud of them both!
I think I’ve been a good parent. All 5 kids are grown, have jobs, and seem to be caring individuals.
My sister did a great job as a parent working full time and having a husband who traveled as part of his job!
My mother has done and is still doing a wonderful job!
I don’t think there is such a thing. Everyone does things that are right and wrong. As parents, just like kids growing up, so are we. We learn from our mistakes.
My husband is doing a wonderful job!
My good friend is doing a great job with her teenage daughter even though she is currently going through a very difficult divorce. Her daughter gives her a reason to go on even when her days are very dark. She is a great role model for me in terms of how to overcome hurt and depression, and how to try to do your best everyday. I’m very proud of her and I hope she realizes the positive impact she has not only on her daughter but also on others around her!
My granddaughter is doing an awesome job with her 3 year old. Considering she was a wild child growing up I’ve been pleasantly surprised at her parenting skills.
my niece is doing a great job as a single mom. she works hard as a social worker but balances it all so well!!
I am doing very good this mourning-will be doing even better if i win $250.00 visa g/c tonight-thanks for the chance
Just doing “good” as a first time momma! That in it of itself is a pat on the back haha this momma business is HARD WORK! 🙂
My 14 year old has epilepsy and adhd, my 4 year old has autism and my two year old is a handfull himself. I do my very best but it’s easy to start doubting yourself. Special need parenting has given me a greater purpose, I advocate for acceptance and I stand against bullying. All moms and dads have a wonderful responsibility and I want my children to know I did my very best!
There are so many families out there struggling with work and spending quality time with their children. Life is not so easy for them. I give a thumbs up to all of those people
My husband is doing a good job. He wakes up with the baby and does dishes and makes coffee before i even wake up in the morning. He lets this preggo mama get her beauty rest before the second baby comes along. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
My sister takes time to read to her kids everyday and have sit down meals with them to encourage family time.
My brother does a great job of reading to his daughter.
My son is severely disabled and he keeps growing and making huge steps. I have seen many miracles along the way. He is the most loving and caring child I know. He loves to take care of people when they are sick. I think I am doing a good job.
My friend’s daughter is doing a great job with three very young children. She also works full time, yet has lots of time and energy for her little ones.
My sister is doing a good job with her daughter. She’s been a single parent for about 4 years now and is doing great. She really doesn’t get any help from the dad but it doesn’t seem to bother her. I’m very proud of her. Thank you!
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Alysia’s mom is a wonder, a real ‘I don’t know how she does it’ type, like you Jenn!
I try to let my brother know that he is doing a good job parenting my nephew. It helps him dramatically.
My brother and sister-in-law are doing a great job raising my nephew! They communicate and work together, support my nephew, and do the best they can for him.
My sister did good as a parent while working full-time and having a husband whose job required him to be out of town often.
My Daughter in law is doing a great job. Our son just had surgery that will put him out of work for about 9 months. He is the sole supporter of the family. She is keeping it together and staying positive.
My cousin Betsey is a great mom, 2 girls!
I’m doing as good as I can and giving it my all. I always said I would be a better mom to my children then my mom was (she wasn’t there for us at all) and I know I have far acceded her. I learned a lot from my sister that is 10 years old then me…she basically raised me and she is the best parent I’ve ever met!
My daughter is a first time Mom and she is doing a wonderful job. I tell her as much as I can how very proud I am of her.
I am very proud of the job my son is doing with his children
My sister is doing a great job as a first time mother. I am proud of her.
My sister is doing a good job being a single Mom to her children.
My husband is doing a great job. He works so hard and so often that I know he feels like he misses a lot. I am home with the kids so I don’t miss anything. There are things they talk about that he is completely clueless about and I know that makes him feel like he is not there for them, but what he doesn’t realize is, that is just daily crap…when he is with them, he somehow makes every minute of that time magical and memorable. They will remember every event with Daddy before they remember what TV show they watched with Mommy.
I am doing OK & it seems like all the other parents in the area w/ problems send there kids here to teach them manners, & chores & getting better grades , so I guess we are doing OK
Today my sister is helping her daughter to do make ready on her house.
My friend is doing good as a parent by volunteering at her daughter’s school and implementing new projects/trips/fundraisers for the kids there.
Chris’s parents always took them on really nice trips to NC and FLA. They still talk about those trips to this day.
I’m doing good by raising my kids while fighting cancer
My dear friend volunteers at a couple non-profit organizations. Not only does she absolutely make time for her child, she teaches her child to give back to society.. to be selfless. This is particularly important as the younger generations seem to take things for granted. This parent is Doin’ Good!
My brother is doing a great job raising his kids. He always balances his work and family life just right.
My friend is surely “Doin’ Good” as a parent. The other day I witnessed her son standing up for a little girl on the playground- he didn’t even know her. Little things like that give me hope for the future generations. (:
My friend is doing a good job raising 3 stepchildren with her fiance and one child they had together.
My mom did a great job being a stepmother to 3 kids from my dad’s firth marriage!
My niece is doing such a great job. She has 3 teenage girls, and they are all good girls. My niece is single and doing this with no help from their father.
i have my new kids (my grandkids) in my home and on a schedule
My brother is doing a great job at being flexible as a father.
I would have to vote for my son. Not just because he is my son but because he is such a caring and loving father
I think it is important to remember all of those who are parenting as grandparents.
My friend is doing good as a parent by handling twins and her fulltime job, and remaining calm throughout.
My best friend is a single mom and is balancing a full-time job and college classes. I’m so proud of her!
My daughter had her first child in January (and my first grandbaby). She amazes me of how she is juggling a full time job (12 hour shifts as a 911 dispatcher) and providing much love and care to her beautiful daughter.
My daughter Meg, single mom to our precious Libby, is walking the walk and teaches Libby to love God, others and herself and to live by God’s Commands. She has laid down her life for her daughter and there is no greater love.
My cousin Sissy is a great mom to three boys!
Chris says there is a lady and her husband at work who share custody of the kids and did not go through a lawyer to split up time with the kids because they wanted it to be easier on the children, their breakup. They will not argue in front of them.
My running partner. She does a heck of a lot and still manages time to train for the marathon.
my sister is raising two boys and they are turning out to be fine young men
My fiancé is doing his best. He does not give up on his oldest even though she is completely out of control. We love her unconditionally and try and steer her on the right path.
My sister did good as a parent while working full-time 40 hours a week and having a husband whose job required him to be out of town often.
my sis is mostly doin good, they can be a handful
My maternal grandmother was a great mother, 5 girls!
Today my sister is putting up her Halloween decorations. You can feel the love.
My sister is doing a great job of taking care of her family – she’s a stay at home mom and the amount of work she has everyday is a full time job in and of itself.
My brother does a great job of eating regular meals with his daughter and cooking.
My parents are doin’ good because they have sacrificed a lot (time, money, sleep, and more) to get us where we are today.
I am doing good by being a good mother and teaching my girls right.
Visited my mom and dad. Dang I am a good child. Guess they did right!
My sister did good as a parent while working a full-time job and having a husband whose job required him to be out of town often.
Well this girl I used to work with was more of a parent to her step-daughter than her birth parents ever were and was always nice to her even though the girl was hard to deal with. She was a really nice person.
think my cousin’s kids are well behaved.
My co-worker is doing a great job. She is raising 3 kids alone and going to school. She is setting a great example for her kids.
I have a friend who I know is doing a great job because her kids are always happy!!
I do the best I can everyday as a mom, even if I’m tired from work I spend time with my daughter and make sure she knows I’m there for her.
Parenting is pretty much a futuristic thing–nobody knows how really well you do until the kids are grown. And if they do well and still appreciate what you did, you did well too!
My sister in law is so sweet to her daughter! She plays with her all the time.
This is wonderful! My mom is doin good, she raised me right – I can only hope to be half the mother she is
I think I may have forgotten to mention myself! I’m a pretty good mom, and stepmom too.
I’m giving it my all.
I think every parent who lets their children become who they want to become and not what they want them to become is doing great!!!
My sister has taught her kids to do house work/
My daughter is a loving stepmother of 2 children…and tries her best everyday and loves them dearly
My daughter is a good parent by providing for our grandson with being a single parent
My sister is a great parent. She is always there for her children
My husband’s aunt Laurie has a mentally challenged son and she has done everything she can to be the best mom to him. She is a good person and a great mom.
My sister did good as a parent while working full-time and having a husband whose job required him to be out of town often.
My brother provides for his daughter despite being on a limited income
When you get compliments about your child’s appearance or good behavior or good deeds!
i am fine as wine , but my sister has eptilectic seizers and i am worried about her-thanks
My friend who works at the local Autism Society is a great mom. She helps countless families with so much while raising her son to be kind and responsible.
It is often easier to judge someone else’s parenting skills than your own, but I think if your children turn out well, it is pretty good proof that you did a good job. But, in addition, I can think of at least 2 of my daughter’s college friends who are dealing well in raising their children even in the face of a fair amount of difficulty–health problems in both cases.
My other college roommate, Bunny, is a great Mom to her three daughters.
I sure did the best I could. My sisters kids are all real good. My mom did a great job with us. 🙂
My sister did good as a parent while working full-time and having a husband whose job required him to be out of town often.
My daughter is already a good momma at ten weeks pregnant. I’m so proud of her.
My brother is doing a great job of raising his son with good morals
My friend, Tegra is supportive of her son and always taught him good values.
My sister and I are raising our kids to be true to themselves. They have their issues, may not be the coolest kids in their class, but they are true individuals.
My sister is a great parent, she goes the extra mile every day.
MY grand-daughter is a new parent of a baby girl and doing just fine which makes me happy
Raising my son was wonderful as I look back. He is now in college in NYC and so responsible. We taught him how to cope and to save money. I don’t know how we did it but we did. So proud of him. Even though I am going through my 2nd bout with cancer he is focusing on education and staying strong. I think it must be hard for him but we taught him to be strong.
My husband’s boss and his wife are great parents, they run this company together and have three great kids.
My mom is always supportive of me and says that I am her hero because I have Bipolar and Chronic Illness/fatigue and I do my best every day to take care of my family.
My mother is doing good by being so supportive to me. I have a chronic illness and she is the ONLY person that has stood by me.
My sister is going really well as a first time parent
My brother does a good job of teaching his daughter about God
My son’s friend has a great dad (Bob!), a single dad with two jobs who somehow is at every game!
My sister is a great mom.
My Mom is the best. She taught us to but others before self, be our true selves no matter what or who and that laughter and a sense of humor is our best armor in life.
My son is a great father and is doing a great job raising his children. God is at the center of their lives
My FIL works hard everyday to support his family along with my MIL. They help take care of their grandchildren and their son and DIL.
My friend Rosie is a great mom to her mentally ill adult son who lives with her. You don’t think of that, but mom to a disabled adult is hard.
My friend at work is a good mom to her daughter and is a source of reassurance to me that I’m doing ok with my daughter.
Our neighbor has two autistic children and I think that she is very patient and a kind and caring parent.
My sister-in-law has such obedient children. She does a great job of disciplining in a loving way
My mother did a great job teaching me that in order to be a good mother I had to place my kids first.
My brother does a great job of building good morals in his daugter.
My brother is doing a wonderful job raising his kids. I tell him that all the time.
I have a young friend who works full time, is raising two children and just got her RN. I am very proud of her
September 11th was my mom’s birthday & September 14th, 2005, she died. Even though she died a decade ago, I still miss & love my GOOD LOVING Mom!!
My friend Connie is a great mom to her son.
I continue to admire my son and the job he is doing as a single father. I thank God for him every day
I’m running out of people, can we go fictional? I like Marmee in ‘Little Women’.
My sister is doing a great job parenting her sons.
I think I’m doing a great job raising my son. Its been hard and sometimes it gets tough, but I always find a way or ways to get things done. I work 2 jobs, and attending school online. I want my son to see that if you are determined to have a better life, that it can be done.
I think my mother did a great job. RIP MAMA
My coworker is doing great, she takes her daughter to concerts and takes road trips with her to spend more time with her.
My mom did a great job of raising 2 kids as a single parent on very little money.
My mom is a single mom and she did her best to raise me and my brother with great values and worked hard to provide for us.
My mother is the best parent I know having to raise my siblings and I by herself she always worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed.
I am a single parent raising 1 son. People always comment on what a great kid he is. We are very close and he tells me everything, so that makes me feel like I am doing something right.
My Aunt runs a school for her kids and others from the church.
I’m doing good by spending a lot of time with my teen daughter since she needs me more than ever.
My best friend is a very caring mom to her daughter.
My friend Jeff’s parents don’t try to tell him how to live his life like a lot of parents I know. I think they are great parents.
My neighbor and his wife live with his mother, I think she’s a pretty amazing mom to her seven sons. They are from India and they are all doctors here in the states. She is 87 years old.
My friends Jeff and Andrea are teaching their children manners and to be polite.
My son is doing well he is teaching the kids responsibility
My coworker just had twins and is doing a great job of balancing work and home life.
I am doing good! I am lucky enough to be able to homeschool my kids and get to spend the entire day hanging out with them. I try to be there for them in every way.They know they can come to me about anything in life. Always.
Ok, I’ve been holding off, but I think I do pretty well as a mom, stepmom and aunty too.
Doing good by reconnecting with my daughter everyday and keeping the lines of communication open.
Old coworker of mine named David; from the sound of it, he had the patience of Job with his kids. Seemed like a stand up parent to me. 🙂
With a sick husband and being a mom of four kiddos, I do pretty well with everything. Thank you for the chance to win.
Recycling, but my brother is the best dad ever; he and his hulking sons were just here – what dolls!
My sister is the best mother I know. We had crappy partents so we didn’t have great role models. She is everything I would have ever wanted in a mother.
When my friend, Marie would not butt into her daughter’s parenting skills and tell her what to do..
I think my grandmother does a great job with my niece.
Sometimes as a mom I think I need to spoil my daughter , but she really just wants to know she is loved.
A friend brings her daughter to chorus rehearsals and she has so much fun.
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My son is at boot camp for the marine Corps. Hardest part is letting go!
I know that my husband and I are doing well as parents because our daughter is well behaved for others;)
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My BIL who is not usually a good parent IMO last year worked all of these terrible jobs just so his kids could have a nice XMAS.
My little brother has a 3 year old son and he is doing such a good job at being a Father
My brother is doing a great job of being a first time dad!
My son’s doctor is a great Dad to 5 boys, all on his own poor guy.
I’m doing good as a mom – I try 100% everyday to try and stay connected with my daughter.
I know this is odd. My neighbor took her girls out of school to go Big ben.
My friend Liz is a great mom, to triplets (boys!)
I am very proud of the job my son is doing with my grandchildren
Even though my sister works full-time & working on her Doctorate, she finds time to spend with my niece!
My best friend is a really caring mom! She just had her first child!
Overall very very proud. I take it one day at a time – so many challaneges face our kids today
i am so proud of the job my son is doing. He loves his children so much and wants them to grow up to be good Christian people
My husband went trhough some rough times a few years ago but has become such a better parent and person by overcoming them. He has really taught my kids what it means to turn your life around and get back up after falling hard and also they learned to never give up on some one.
My friend is doing a good job of raising his young son and has 2 more on the way. He’s young and it must be hard but he doesn’t let it show.
My brother is doing a good job of raising kids while working full time.
My mom writes me every day by email to check up on me.
My friend Cindy has 3 kids, and is doing all by her BADBUTT self!
My friend Shawn is a great mom, she’s going back to college while helping raise her grandson.
Um….I would have to say my friend, Tor’s parents are good parents because he always tries to be nice to everyone and tries to cheer his friends up.
My grandmother was a great mother, to five girls (imagine!)
My kids are doing a great job as parents. I have 10 grand kids, 5 girls and 5 boys, who are all healthy and happy. I was nervous at first but they have made me proud.
I have been a single mother for 25 years. It is a joy to see my 3 daughters grown and doing great. One is married with two children and the other two are getting married soon!
My mom is doing a great job at treating all her kids equally, even her step kids.
I am doing good. I play with my kids, make sure they do their homework and they are happy
My middle daughter is doing a fantastic job with raising her first child. She works full time in a high stress job, but doesn’t bring her work home with her. My granddaughter is a delight and so smart with all the attention she receives.
My sister is doing a great job with her kids. She always has time for them!
How I miss my mom!
I would have to say anyone that has raised their child to be polite. This lady’s daughter let me go before her at the Sheetz at the soda fountain without being told to.
A friend is raising her granddaughter and is doing a great job.
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My dad is doing a great job being a first time grandpa!
My son has custody of his two young children. He is such a great father. He really enjoys spending good quality time with his children. I am very proud of him
This is such a good message. As parents, we all do tend to beat ourselves up for not always being perfect, having an unlimited amount of patience, not wanting to spend every waking moment with our children, for that sigh of relief once they go to bed… But all in all, most of us are doing just fine. I want to recognize my sister in law who has three kids under 6 and they are HARD kids. She has the patience of a saint.. her kids are very demanding of her and always needy and she is a champion. Additionally, she plans pinterest worthy activities and parties for them, the likes of which my kids will never see (poor kiddos – haha). Mad props to her. She is always a role model for me in my daily life.
My friend Sue is a GREAT parent she has 4 children – this is her youngest she home schools and works at home.
My husband’s mom is a great parent, still – even though he’s a parent himself.
My neighbor has a son that always helps us catch our dog if she gets off the chain. I would say that his parents raised him good.
My best friend is doin’ good with her 11 year old. It’s amazing how mature this child has been ever since she could start talking! When the daughter was smaller, my friend has often been complimented in restaurants by how good her daughter is. I think it’s really cool that people would take the time to tell her so.
My sister and brother in law area raising their great grand due to unforeseen circumstances and wearing it well! I’m so proud!
I see some local dads at the park and think of what a great job they’re doing with their little ones.
My aunt is doing a great job helping get her 3 kids through college.
My sister-in-law is doing a great job raising kids that understand their actions have consequences.
My daughter in law is doing a great job. She’s patient and lets the little one explore at will, even if it aggravates others. I like it. 🙂
My sister is an amazing mother. She is the best mother I know.
You know who is probably a great parent? Mrs Obama, he kids seem pretty well adjusted.
I’m a good mother, I help my children with their problems. My daughters boy friends family has alot of problems, I saved his mothers life when she over dosed on advil. I cared for him and his brother, which is my sons best friend, until cps found placement for them. I am working with cps to get the mother the help she needs to be a stable mother. My 2 children are so grateful for all i’ve done for their friends.
My sister is doing a great job of raising her son by herself. She has stepped out of her “girly-girl” comfort zone and is doing things that her son is interested in such as skateboarding, scouts, camping, and other adventurous pursuits. I am proud of her.
My daughter wrote me a letter when she was 17 thanking me for being a strict parent and setting a good example for her. I thought she was trying to butter me up for something but she was actually being sincere.
My mom raised me and my brother all by herself. She tried to instill good values even though my grandmother had bad values.
My dad raised me and my 2 brothers all by himself. He is the most amazing person I know. He is also the best grandpa to my kids and spends time with them every weekend.
Our neighbor Larry takes his kids on walks around the neighborhood almost daily to spend more time with them and get exercise.
My neighbors kids are incredible they actually play with each other all afternoon. I haven’t once heard anything about video games.
My college roommate Mimi is a fantastic parent; she and her young adult daughter just went to Thailand to help elephants get released in the wild – passionate ladies!
My neighbor/brother-in-law. Just built a fort fo my nephew. SO COOL.
Ha! I’m starting to run out of people and this contest has a long way to go. My mother was a great parent, but she’s gone now.
I know I am doing good because my children are happy. Seeing smiles on their faces and hearing their laughs is so heart warming.
My son is an adult now but I was always so happy to hear unexpected people complement me on what a great, respectful kid he was. As a single Mom we try try so hard and beat ourselves up so much that we we aren’t doing enough a few kind words mean so so much. I see many people, friends, relatives all trying to do what they think is best for their children. We wont always agree on other peoples parenting but we have one thing in common we love our kids and would’t do anything intentional to hurt them.
My sister in law is doing a phenomenal job raising her first baby!
My daughter has a little 3 year old whose father has been awfully vacant much of the time. Her bf is so sweet to her…she calls him daddy and he has stepped up a young man with no pressure to BE the man. He is in all rights the daddy that my grand daughter needs and deserves. I give him kudos to truly give his hear to that little girl! Not every man can do that, and often they do out of duty. This is the REAL thing!
1 of my besties is a mom of 5, who homeschooles them all, deals with 3 with different food allergies and all with different medical issues, gets them to all the extra curriculars, and is going thru a bad divorce – I dont know how she does it! shes the mom with the mostest
My friend, Marie never told her children how to raise their children because she felt that their was their choice.
I think my mother is still doing a great job with me.
Parenting is an ongoing learning process. I think people do the best they can. We all make mistakes and if the kids grow up and are happy, you’ve done okay.
My friend Shelly is an amazing parent! Not only is she a great mom to her 3 kids, but she also took in her niece and raised her full-time!
My sister is the best Mom I know. We had crappy parents growing up and she is everything that I would have wanted my mom to be and more.
my daughter is dong a wonderful job with her daughter who is a lovely 4 year old
My niece is doing a great job as a 1st time Mom with her preemie daughter, that was a lot to take on at 21.
My sister is also a good parent! She has two little ones, one of whom has autism. She has so much patience and even though she struggles with raising two little ones sometimes, she just has to call me up and I’ll have the time to talk her through whatever she needs help with! That’s what big sisters do, right? I’m proud of her, and I know she loves her babies with all her heart. 🙂
My mom is doing a great job of being a first time grandma!
Well actually I have to compliment my husband for being a great parent. My stepsons are such nice young men. The 19 year old seems to be prolonging being a teen to get every drop of teenagerness out of it, but that’s ok.
I think my friend is doing a great job of balancing work, marriage, and raising her son. Great job.
A friend of mine had her children taken away after her husband got his fifth domestic violence charge for hitting her. Her losing her children was what pushed her to leave him. She moved into a battered woman’s shelter. After three months she got her children back. Now that her EX-HUSBAND is out of the picture, she is doing amazing. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted arsen, attempted murder, and kidnapping. I always wondered why she didn’t leave him earlier, but I figured that out when he tried to burn the shelter to the ground after she moved there. She is back in school and her kids have never been happier.
I have to commend my husband for becoming the father that my oldest daughter never had. They met when she was 2 and it was love at first sight. I feel very blessed to have such an amazing man in my life. Btw, your story made me cry. You have a very wonderful sister and you are an amazing women!
My husband reads our daughter books every night. He even does silly voices.
Getting to head out on a trip soon. Time away!
I started doing a kindness jar for my boys a few months ago. Every time they do something kind or say something nice I put a marble in their jar, but every time they do or say something unkind I take a marble out. This has made a huge difference in the way they act toward each other and how respectful they are toward others. I think kindness and respect are very important qualities to give our children, and it makes me a proud momma to know I’m doing my best to raise my boys to be respectful and kind young men!
We are doing good by being there for everyone who needs us
My sister recently had her first child — he will be 3 months next week. She is doing great. Its amazing to see the changes in her and how quickly new moms learn.
Alysia’s teacher is a great mom, three kids AND she teaches first grade, can you imagine!
My good friend has EDS and still keeps up with her 3 young children.
im doing a good job, doing the best i can
My sister is doing a great job raising her boys.
My best friend Ranata is the same age as myself 54 and is raising a teenager shes now in the 9th grade while my children are both in the 20s and my daughter is pregnant with my 1st grangchild Ranatas stays busy holding down a job and running her daughter to cheerleading or whatever she happens to be involved in at the time. She makes me wonder where she gets all her energy Im so proud of her and even jealous at times because she still has a child at home. I am so proud of the young lady her daughter is becoming. She is doing a standup job with her although she doesn’t feel it at times when she has disagreements with her or she is so tierd from running I always remind her what a great mom she is and what a good girl she is raising.
My brother and sister in law are doing a great job or taking care of their first baby!
Being out of the loop of some things the past years with illness, I always feel guilty I was falling short in raising the last two of our 6 kids. My son graduated this spring and after his grad party my sister in law called me to say what an incredible thank you note he sent them, not the generic type. His girl friends parents are always saying how polite he is. So even though molded by friends and coaches to be a tough guy, I know that living in a house with adversity has made him compassionate and loving. We as women dont hold each other near enough. It made the hugest difference to me to hear those words outright. To actually have someone say, hey, you did something right…kids dont turn out like this on their own much anymore…there is too much peer pressure and want out there to stifle the human and selfless child a lot. I feel better now going into the home stretch of three more years of raising my last child and have sloughed off some of that guilt.
My teenagers hug me every day and say “Thank you” a lot!
My friend, Kevin helps coach his daughter’s soccer team and is always very supportive and very proud of her.
I am expecting and sometimes I am so critical of myself not doing everything perfectly (not exercising as much as I should or not eating healthy everyday) but I know I am doing the best I can and doing everything I can to do what I need to do for my baby. I have to remind myself that I am doing good!
My son is coaching his daughters soccer team
I am doing good as a mom and supporter for best friends.
i am doing fine as a parent and great-grand-parent–thanks
Parenting is a hard job. I had mine at a young age. If I could, I’d go back and do some things differently.
I now I’m doing good since I have slowed down and worked on having more patience and actually listening to my children’s problems. They aren’t afraid to tell me anything which lets me know that I’m doing good.
Parenting is hard, and good parents do the best they can. If you’re trying, you’re probably doing ok. I just try to show my daughter love, and remember that I’m good enough.
I am doing good as a parent because now I am raising my Grandsons and so far this year they are doing really well in school!!
My late Mother was the most amazing Mom. She became a widow at the age of 38 & was left with 6 children. Always sacrificing & working hard to do the best for her children. I was so blessed to be her daughter!
My sister-in-law is amazing. She does everything she can for my niece who has autism.
My daughter is amazing. She does great at grades and is in leadership. I am proud of her.
I know a young lady who just became a mom & she is doing wonderful as she is so thankful for what help she haves and does what she must do….
My sons are phenomenal with their sons. Their children adore them .They spend time with them Rosanne
My sister is phenomenal with kids. They simply love her and respond well to her direction.
My mom does a great job of being patient with me and my brother.
My daughter has a 4 month old son. She also is a new teacher. She is doing a good job as a mother and a school teacher. I am very proud of her!
I know I am doing good as a parent when I see my 2 adult children as parents and know we gave them good work ethic skills and good role models. They are both awesome!
I don’t know any really good parents. Or, I should say any bad parents. I think everyone tries their best.
It good to trips all the time with the kids.
my mom she constanyly still at 66 tries to take care of her children and is my best friend ,she san angel
I think any parent that can let their children be their own person and not hold onto them too long is a good parent. My mom let me go on my own and did not try to sway my decisions when I was 18. She listened and was there for me when I needed her and helped me when she could.
My husband’s boss is such a great dad, so patient and relaxed. It’s amazing he’s so zen.
I think my sister speaks to her kids so well.
I have a son with Severe Autism and it is a challenge everyday but it is so rewarding too. I am very lucky to have a good support system with family, friends and therapists that help my son and I have wonderful days. My life has changed and I have learned to appreciate little things that I never took notice before like licking a popsicle for the first time which with his sensory issues was really hard for him. I see miracles everyday.
We have a neighbor with an autistic child. He is single and works full time. He seems to be doing a good job.
My neighbor Luella is doing a great job parenting her boys. One little guy has some special needs and she just takes it in her stride.
I have a young neighbor couple that have two little boys that are doing a great job of rearing and parenting them. The little ones are respectful and well-mannered–too little of which we see today.
I would have to say I think my neighbor is doing good at going through a seperation and having a small child, and her mom helps her out a lot. She is awesome.
My Supervisor is a great mom, should drove 8 hours to drop off her son in his new school
My best friend is such a wonderful parent she is so involved with her children she is such an inspiration.
I identify with your post a lot. My sister is doin’ good as a parent and is very inspirational.
I am doing good with my family. I think I know what I’m doing 😀
I’m never clear on these where to leave the comment. Is it the site that you enter on, or the link? Anyways as parents we all have our good and bad points. We, like our children, learn as we go.
my mom is a great parent. she supported me so that I could come to Los Angeles and follow my dream
I think I’m doing a good because I’m home schooling my son this uear. I had to take him outta a bad situation at school. He didn’t deserve the way he was being treated. It’s hard to home school but for him I will stick with it.
My sister is a great mom to her 3 kids. Her husband is stationed in Korea & she is rocking it.
What a beautiful letter your sister wrote! You have to feel so wonderful to hear all of those beautiful words to you! I am proud of my daughter who started dating her husband when his children were 1 &4. They are now both teenagers and she is the best stepmom ever. She was there for those kids when their ‘mother’ wasn’t. She is an awesome ‘mom’
My high school bestie, now a mom and grandmom! Is doing a great job with her kids both grown and still at home and a grandkid too. I don’t know how she does it.
My dad constantly reminds me that I am doing a good job as a parent and have 3 awesome kids to show it.
My friend Lisa is a great mom who raises her 2 happy and healthy girls all on her own!
My kids say mom is doing good job to send them back to school
I have 2 Daughters age 23 and 16, They both tell me all the time how appreciative they are for everything I do and have done for them. Compliment me that I am strong, smart woman that they are so lucky to call me their Mom. My Daughters are my rocks that keep me to always look at the positive in every negative situation. With all their positive reinforcement, it makes me thrive to do my best everyday. For this reason I give myself a pat on the back for raising such Beautiful, Smart, Unselfish, Caring, Young Women!
I think my fellow Scout Moms are doing GREAT jobs of raising their kids! Having lots of fun and promoting values that we all hope to see in the adults that our kids will become!
I think it great that my sister spends time crafting with her grand kids.
My sister in law is doing a great job raising her first child. She is a stay at home mom and volunteers to coach soccer for her daughter.
My mom is doing a wonderful job! She’s almost done parenting her second teenager and she is such a huge help with my three kiddos.
I think I am doing an ok job, she seems to be happy.
My friend was a single mother and her son is a credit to her.
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I don’t actually have a sister per say a few close friends who are like a sister but one in particular i have grown up with and stayed in contact even though she is on the west coast and im on the east. But the reason I guess I picked her is she and I were pregnant and due a month apart, I thankfully had a normal healthy pregnancy but she did not because she has health problems over her own and her son was born with CHD and is lucky to be alive to just be shy of his 3rd birthday! Her and I are both single moms struggling weekly to make ends meat, but she still managed to send me a few dollars to help me with my court fees to file to try to get my life straightened out. And for that I am thankful.
I think my friend is doing a great job raising her son. She cooks, she cleans, she helps him with his school work, and she disciplines him when he needs it.
I really think that my sister is doing an amazing job raising twin boys that just turned 2. Shes amazing! Thank you
My kids are grown, but I am proud of all of them!! My one daughter get extra kudos for surviving & picking up the pieces after her husband’s murder. She was left with 3 children. Her youngest never met her dad! She went back to school & is now working as a phlebotomist. God has blessed & kept her going!!
I really don’t know what to say about this since I am not a parent. I would say try to be fair and listen to your children.
everyone tells me my childrend are polite and respectful this tells me I’m doing a good job as a single parent
My daughter is a wonderful parent. She has 4 children and is the best mom I know/
No one parenting style works for everyone.
With our kids we try a new food every week.
The mother of my twin boys deserves ALL of the credit when it comes to raising them right. They couldn’t have turned out any better. They graduated from high school earlier this year as the 1st and 2nd in their class, both with Advanced classes the entire 4 years. I’d like to think they got their intelligence from me and their diligence and focus from their mother.
I would have to say my husband is a parent that is doing great. He took on the responsibility of raising 3 young girls who are not his, but were the nieces of his wife. He became their father. He worked hard to put food on the table, clothes on their back, and a roof over their head. And they loved him! He continued to be their father even after the marriage broke up. Sadly, immediately after the divorce was final, his ex-wife took the children and refused to let him see them anymore.
My daughter has a beautiful daughter that is adorable and smart and well behaved. She is a joy to be around and I can’t wait to see what kind of adult she becomes.
My mom often mentions that I’m doing a good job parenting.
My sisters have really done a great job raising boys that are kind to everyone. They hold doors open and ask to be involved whenever there is work to be done. These are qualities young men are lacking. I think they are doing wonderful things for there sons and the world!
I do my best to remind myself daily that I am doing the best I can as a parent. I am not perfect and of course kids don’t come with instructions so it is always a learning process. 🙂 My husband reminds me that I am doing good too (I remind his as well). Some days can just get a little overwhelming and it easy
to forget. It really helps to hear it from others not just yourself. We just have to take it one day at a time. 🙂
My sister in law is doing a great job, even though I don’t think she realizes it! She has 2 kids with a 3rd due in November!
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I am doing good with my kids. I spend quality time with them and try to teach them to be kind to others. Their teachers always have good things to say about them.
I didn’t know that you two were sisters. I don’t have any sisters. Just a couple of brothers. I always missed that as I was growing up.
My sister just had an ” oops” baby – I know she is doing well because she is putting her life on hold to take care of her 3rd child.
I know my parents did a great job because everyone tells me and my sis how polite we are, kind, and helpful!
I have a 7 year old daughter and she is such an awesome kid. Very polite and well mannered and I have been told by many that she is being raised very well and as a single mom, that makes you feel great!
Wonderful story. I have 2 young boys and we are doing well.
What a beautiful story jen!! You sound like a strong mother just like my best friend who is fighting stage 3 and raising a 3 yr old
My mom is doing good because she is raising both step kids and her real kids!
My daughter is doing an amazing job raising two beautiful kind smart girls!
My fiancé is a wonderful parent. He’s raising a well adjusted, sweet, smart 15 year old daughter alone. Awesome guy.
Great pictures and such sweet words! I am blessed to have people all around me to lift me up when I’m not feeling like I’m doing a good job. I try to return the favor to my mom friends. It’s important for us to encourage each other!
I always admire my 26-year old daughter with how she parents her children. She has a 6 year old and a 1 year old foster child and a full time job as a special needs social worker. Through all of that she is a wonderful mother.
Im not a parent,but i can only imagine how challenging it is…
life is to short,love & be happy
My daughter is doing good as a mother! She shows my grandsons so much patience and love. Even with so much going on in their lives, she is always so calm and collected.
My sister in law has a toddler and was worried at first. She and baby are happy as ever
I would have to my son is doing good! He is an amazing father to the worlds greatest 7 yr old granddaughter. He has so much patience with her, he never loses his cool, he’s never too tired to play My Little Ponies,sing goofy songs or fly her to bed. Nothing comes before or between the needs of that little girl! If he tells her something, she knows he will go out of his way to make it happen, because even she will tell you, ” my daddy always does what he says, he doesn’t break promises! ” So, I do think he doing even better than good!
I’m doing good. My kids were grown and moved on to their own lives and then my DIL died in a car wreck and I’m back to having a young one around. I’m glad I can be a part of helping her grow up.
The best parentI know is my brother. Divorced poor guy, he fought like the devil to get as much time with his kids (a full half!) as the courts would give him. Now they are young men and so lovely and kind and attentive. My brother also turned into the best cook ever as a side benefit!
My mom says I’m doing good when I make sure I always give my babies hugs and kisses. She says giving them love like that lets them know I will always be there for them!
My best friend is a single mom of a 2 year old little girl. She works crazy hours to make ends meet, but still finds time to raise her amazing daughter.
My best friend was a young single mom and also ended up having twins with her current husband. She has done very well with raising them and putting herself through school.
I think I am doing well as a parent. Having a lot of health issues limits whatI can physically do but I am keeping up the best I can and know one day it will be easier for me.
I was single mom and raised 3 kids who are now adults. still a learning experience. just have to look at everything positively
My friend recently became a widow and she’s just an amazing woman….a pillar of strength, always hoping, always honest and vulnerable, and so steadfast.
We are all very hard on ourselves but recently someone asked my oldest child, when you were growing up, even when your mom was having mood issues did you feel loved, and she quickly answered by my mom absolutely, never doubted it.. I realized I had done what I had set out to do… she is 19 and knows how much she is loved no matter what.. I didn’t have that in my life and I am so happy she did..
My best friend was worried about being a first time single mom. She is raising a happy, healthy, smart kid.
My daughter and her husband are great parents for our grandson. They learned fast that being a parent is not easy but it’s worth every minute!
My wife and i are alway there when kids need to talk and we read to them, help them and give them all the love and christian up bring.
Im a single momma of 4 babies and Im a hard working to take care of them the best way I know how to!!
My sister’s daughter was born with many problems and my sister did/does everything she can to help her daughter. Your sister’s letter was very moving and I hope you take it to heart.
Thanks for the contest.
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My best friend’s son was recently diagnosed with diabetes and she’s donig a great job handling it.
My sister in law is amazing with her 2 kids, she works and makes time for them as well as volunteers!
My sister used to feel bad because she worked and wasn’t a full-time stay-at-home, but I told her that many families needed 2 paychecks and that she was able to provide a nice home and nice things and that the time she spent with her child was quality time!
My sister has four children and is raising them to be kind, loving human beings.
I’m doing good as a single mom with 3 boys. I am working on my career as well as raising my boys alone and never give up and have goals set for myself to better our lives.
There is a boy he’s special needs and he was kinda mean to my daughter. Well today he was having a bad day and crying. My daughter thought I wanna make him feel better so she gave him a hug and made him a hat ha. I have never been prouder!
So wonderful to hear of parents talking about their kids like this!
My daughter-in-law is a wonderful mother to my granddaughter. I thank God every day for her.
I feel like I’m moderately successful at this whole parenting gig because I have healthy, happy, smart children who are continually pushing their academic and intelligence to the next level. So long as my children grow up to be successful (healthy, happy, decent) adults, I’ll consider parenting a job well done. 🙂
My brother & sister in law are wonderful parents. They have 7 kids and are so awesome with them.
My sister has always been an awesome parent. She tries her best to give her kids good memories.
My good friend is trying so hard to raise a family and has many obstacles ahead. Wonderful person.
My friend is a great parent, and I try to regularly tell him so. It’s nice to see well raised kids.
My brother is recently divorced and has a difficult ex. He is a great parent, but probably doesn’t realize it.
I know I am doing this good because my kids tell me!
My friend is a single mom with NO….I mean NO help from the Dad, but she still finds time to do a lot of wonderful things with her daughter.
I am doing good at this mom thing, I haven’t always but luckily I got it down. I learn stuff each day especially with special needs kiddos.
My niece is doing an amazing job raising her son as a single parent..they don’t watch television..they read together, they do fun stuff and he’s so intelligent for his age..if I was to start over I would not ever let a television come into our house or video games..ever
My hubby and I are doing an amazing job as parents.
I can look at my daughter and know we must be
doing something right as parents. With her
true grace, the respect she shows others, and
her unbelievable spirit, she makes me so proud
to be her mom. My hubby and I are
in this together and I know he always has my
back when it comes to teaching our daughter
the ways of the road, as I do with him.
My brother is doing good as a dad because he is always there for his kids.
My next door neighbor is doing a good job as a parent because she takes charge and sets limits for her kids…a parent’s purpose is not to be their child’s friend. It is to be their parent!
My brother and sister-in-law are doing great, because they are always there for their children, and their children are always there for them. God has truly blessed them.
My son is doing a great job. He is raising my grandkids to be respectful of others and non judgemental. He is teaching them to work for what they get. They are turning out to be wonderful kids.
My husband is doing great getting the kids everywhere after school.
I know my sister is doing a good job because her two young boys can sit in the same room together and read books without fighting (most of the time)!
I think my cousin and I are great reminders to each other that we are great parents. With 2 college graduates, one college Junior, and one Honor Roll Senior between us, that is great validation to both of us!
I think me and my husband are doing a greatjob to make sure that our six year old son never gets out of touch with nature!
My best friend just had a baby and she is doing a great job so far
My best friend is an awesome mother.She has two wonderful sons that continue to make her proud due to her awesome parenting skills.
My friend does a great job. Her kids are smart and both played sports. They learned early to work for they want and both got jobs at 16.
My sister is doing great. She is a single parent and has done a great job raising her two children: they are friendly, well-adjusted, smart. My sister is a hard worker and has given them all she can to keep smiles on their faces.