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Being a Working Parent Can Be Tough

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 Being a working household with two kids in school and one in sports means a lot of juggling, shifting and last minute plan changes which sometimes makes me feel like a bad dad but after reading the Mott’s Good & Honest campaign I now know I am not alone.

campaign_group_fourMelinda and I always have the best intentions in mind when it comes to the kids but sometimes life takes over and throws a total monkey wrench in or day to day lives and plans. For instance Shaun plays lacrosse and has practice on Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm and our oldest daughter works until 8pm so Melinda and I need to juggle who is dropping off and picking up Shaun from practice and who is going to get the oldest from work.  So this means that dinner might be cereal, eggs, fruit, or something fast that can be taken on the go like Mott’s fruit punch rush or Mott’s strawberry applesauce which the kids love.  For years Melinda and I would feel like terrible parents if we let our kids have cereal or something fast for dinner but these days we are just happy if the kids get a chance to eat dinner due to the busy scheduling.


We try to sit down as a family for dinner but like I said it’s hard being a working family with kids in sports.  I feel like on days when there aren’t sports there is something else going on like a deadline at work for Melinda or a heavy delivery day at work for me as I am a UPS driver.  Then the weekends come and it’s tournament time for lacrosse so we are always on the go or at least it seems like we are.

We as parents need to realize that life isn’t always going to run smoothly but as we can do is the best that we can.  Trust me when our kids grow up I know they are going to look back on life and realize that their childhood was busy and that is was sometimes crazy hectic but the one thing that I hope that they always remember is that Melinda and I did everything in our power to do the best that we could for our kids.


Share your Good & Honest moments in the comments section of this post for a chance to win a $50 gift card and Mott’s product.  One winner will randomly be selected for the Mott’s prize pack.

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  1. Julie Wood says

    I have a lot of moments that are tough, but one time my daughter lost her tooth, and I had no money to give to her, so I took $2 out of her wallet and gave it to her! I only had two days to replace the money with my paycheck before she realized it! Whew- I could not just not give her anything!

  2. Mami2jcn says

    When my kids were smaller they didn’t want to try fish so we used to tell them it was “special chicken”. It worked.

  3. To get kids to eat broccoli, we tell them it is a must if they are going to run faster in the next soccer game. And there is always a next game, this works like a charm in our house.

  4. I secretly added some veggies into my child smoothies. But later I told him about it and he was fine with it

  5. I secretly added some veggies into my child’s fruit smoothies. But later I told him about it and he was fine with that

  6. Dawn Monroe says

    Ive hid medicine and vitamins in food or drinks to get my kids to take them. Its sneaky but it works.

  7. latanya says

    When my son does not want to take his medicine, I try to buy the medicine in blue for leonardo from tmnt and tell him to take his Leo medicine so he can be strong and save the world from bad guys.

  8. Laura J says

    Oh one of my moments was when we went to my sisters and it started snowing. We didnt have his boots along, so we put some of her adult socks over his shoes and put plastic grocery bags over his shoes and tucked them in his socks! Worked like a charm and the kids had so much fun playing in the snow!

  9. Jessica Beard says

    My Good and Honest parenting moment comes when I accidentally forgot to pack a snack for my son (I had everything else in the diaper bag.) Thank goodness a Motts applesauce pouch was found in my purse! My son gobbled it down.
    Another “honest” moment is when I always use applesauce to get my sons to take their medications. It has such a great flavor, they can hardly taste the medicine.

  10. Nicole D says

    My kids hate eating there veggies, so I always sneak them into the food when cooking, when they ask what it is and notice, I tell them it is a special ingredient that comes from magic beans to help them grow. Now sometimes when I am cooking they tell me not to forget the special ingredient. lol

  11. Linda F. says

    My youngest daughter would never want to brush her teeth so we started playing music and made it into a fun, dance party of a time. She started actively looking forward to it every morning and night so she could play her music in the bathroom and dance around with Mommy and/or Daddy.

  12. shelly peterson says

    None of my kids took medicine very well so I always had to disguise it, it worked most of the time. I also had to disguise veggies a lot because my son was so picky.

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  13. Francine Anchondo says

    I will chopped veggies really small and put them in meat mixtures or spaghetti sauce to get them to eat more veggies when they dont do it.

  14. Christina says

    To get my daughter to eat squash and zucchini, I mix them in with her spaghetti noodles, along with carrots in the spaghetti sauce. She will find out one day, but I really am trying to get her to eat healthy! She will appreciate it when she’s older!

  15. Lauren says

    My son cut his own bangs, but he was honest about it!

  16. Emily Smith says

    I made my kids believe that the TV won’t turn on before 11 am so they can’t watch it before school. That way they aren’t distracted from getting ready.

  17. janetfaye says

    I let my daughter apply makeup to my face, and it looked awful but I told her I loved it.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Tabathia B says

    My youngest daughter is on several medications, so I sometimes add her liquid medication to orange juice or dissolve tablets using a blender in orange juice so that she can tolerate the medicine without gagging

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  19. Ellie Wright says

    When my little guy started kindergarten and couldn’t tell time yet. He would ask me how many hours he had to stay there. i would tell him 3 when it was really 7. He believed me but thought 3 hours lasted a looong time.

  20. Amanda Sakovitz says

    When my niece was sick, she didnt want to take her medicine. So I crushed up the pills and put them in some applesauce. She had no idea!


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