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Today’s post comes from a fellow blogger, Shea, but I wanted to share it with you today because I think that any way we can help a child matters and every way that we help them is important.
There is nothing better than seeing your child accomplish something. As a parent, every little moment is special – from learning letters to riding a bike for the first time or even just eating their vegetables at dinner. In our home, we call these VICTORIES!
Being an exhausted, busy mom of five, some days I go to bed wondering … what did I teach my kids today or how was I an example to them. Ninety-nine percent of the time, what sticks with me are the things that they teach me with everything – big and small — that they are able to achieve … their VICTORIES!
Parenting is rough. But, to see the smile on your son’s face as he finds the letter “S” or your baby girl as she slams her finger in your eye showing you that she knows where your eyes are … those are the moments that make it worthwhile.
The first few years of a child’s life are so much fun to watch as they go through their different stages, simply because they progress so quickly. They seem to grow and mature each week. Prior to being a foster/adoptive parent, I had so many premonitions that children who weren’t my own might learn differently or maybe not even as quickly as my biological kids. Looking back over the past two years, I have been so blessed to be able to witness the nuances with which all of my children learn and the great accomplishments their learning leads to. Every victory for them is a victory for me – and their successes have been just as sweet and tender as those shared with my three biological daughters.Being a foster/adoptive parent is nothing short of amazing. It’s truly special to see my children come out on top when they have so much to overcome. Bearing witness to this journey is a miracle.
I am thrilled to team up with Mattress Firm to bring awareness to the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program. Now through October 31, Mattress Firm is asking foster and adoptive parents to share videos and photos on social media of their foster/adopted children’s “little victories.”To share your victory, simply upload a photo or video, a caption describing the special moment for your child and upload to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MFFKVictories. Mattress Firm will make a donation to Mattress Firm Foster Kids for every victory shared — so every use of #MFFKVictories will help a foster child in need.
For more information, or to upload your victories directly, visit www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org/littlevictories.
We would love to see your #MFFKVictories. By sharing your special moment with your foster/adoptive child on Instagram using the hashtag #MFFKVictories or uploading to the website, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for a chance to win a queen-size Sleepy’s Cool bed.
- Post a photo of your special moment with your foster/adoptive child on Instagram using the hashtag #MFFKVictories.
- Upload your photo and story on www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org/littlevictories.com.
- One queen-size Sleepy’s Cool bed
See here for official contest rules, terms and conditions.
Shea is the author of this post and is from Million Ways to Mother. She is a mom of 5 children — 3 biological and 2 that she adopted out of foster care. Her website, which she runs with her sister, was created to inspire moms with tips, tricks, and everything in between for the modernized mom! They are two sisters with 8 crazy kids between the both of them! They focus on motherhood, marriage, fashion, and everything family!