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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 of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a girl in her tweens and an 8-year-old boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loves for its natural beauty. She has written three books in a children’s book series called the Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection as well as The Kindness Ninja. Lynnette has been blogging since 2002 and admits she's a bit obsessed with reading mommy blogs. She loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. Lynnette’s life is a blur of school activities, kid sports, breaking up fights between her kids, making home cooked meals, and snuggling, mixed with days of working on a computer trying to make this world a better place.

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