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I am Thankful for My Tribe

reno moms blog archThis motherhood gig is hard. There really isn’t anything that you could say to a new mother that would help to prepare her for the ever changing roller coaster of motherhood.

Add in a full time job that requires me to occasionally work evenings, weekends and travel, to the kids’ school and extracurricular activities and my life often feels like a logistical nightmare.

I owe my sanity and my happiness to the tribe of women that support me.  I’d like to give a shout out to the following women:

  • To the friends and neighbors that take my kids when last minute childcare plans change or fall through.
  • To the neighbors that offer up play dates and let me borrow their kids for playdates, which help to entertain my kids and give me room to breathe or work.
  • To my carpool peeps, that work with me to flex the driving schedule around work trips, sick kids and vacations. Without them, kid activities would have to be scaled WAY back.
  • To the sitter that has watched my children for the past 6 years. I refer to her as my sister wife, as she is so much more than a sitter. She is part of the family, and someone I can trust without fail to drive my kids to activities, discipline them like I would, and set a great example for them.
  • To my girlfriends that are always willing to chat on the phone or open up a bottle of wine while we talk about the challenges and triumphs of being a mom. These conversations are my therapy.
  • To the writers for Reno Moms Blog, who have become my own virtual tribe, full of support and amazing writing to document the different viewpoints of the motherhood experience.
  • To the Reno Moms Blog audience, who have turned our Facebook page into a vibrant and supportive virtual community.
  • To my sister-in-laws, who treat my children as their own, open up their homes and their hearts to them.
  • To my co-workers, who band together as we flex our schedules around everyone’s busy lives, and offer backup when you need it.
  • And most importantly, to my own mother, who taught me what a strong mother figure is, and has turned into my best friend. This is a woman who hop on the next plane if she thinks I need her, and will still nurse me back to health after a surgery. I don’t care how old I get, the first person I turn to when I’m hurt, sick or sad will be my mother.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I encourage you to take a step back to recognize the people in your life – the tribe of women – that help you in so many ways. I avail myself as much as my schedule allows to return the favors to them, and when I can’t, I offer heartfelt thanks and a bottle of wine, knowing that returning the favor may be some time in the future. We have to have each other’s backs in this tribe of motherhood, and today, I salute all of you.

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About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a tween girl and a rambunctious little boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. Lynnette has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. She is also on the board of Think Kindness, a local non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness. Lynnette loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She is especially thrilled to have her kids starting to love the same hobbies, and spends a lot of time shuttling them to the pool, Lake Tahoe or the ski area depending on the season. Lynnette’s life is a blur of kid activities, mediating sibling arguments, making homemade meals, and hugs and kisses, mixed with days of working in content marketing.

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