Feb 192013
 

Real Relationship Advice

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As a Wife and Mother I have obligations that sometimes are overwhelming. I have to maintain not only my calendar but also one for each of my family members. I know when the science project is due, applications should be submitted, when they need to see the doctor and even when I should cut their hair. It’s these little things that make Mom’s seem like they are magicians and indispensable. However, sometimes the minutia does not allow you to be who you want to be.

Even if you always wanted to be a Mom, you didn’t expect the life you have now. You can say ‘it’s so rewarding’ but the rest of the Mom’s know that that is code for ‘exhausting’. Don’t get me wrong, being a Mom is wonderful and I would not change a thing. I am really lucky because I have a partner in this endeavor who considers his job as Daddy not as an aside to my participation but as a collaboration. He is in it just as deep. Sure, there are things that we do differently. For example, my dinners tend to be lower in sodium as a rule than his. I kiss booboos and he tends to say things like ‘walk it off!’ I can see the benefit of delegation while he just wants to cross things off the list which will usually means he will do it.

Regardless of how we tackle our parenting duty, the best part is that we support one another and value each other’s input. I can do what I do because he has my back. He can do his thing because I have his.

I just spent a few days in Washington, D.C. with the U.N. Foundations Shot@Life program. I had the opportunity of advocating for global vaccinations on Capitol Hill. I was surrounded by brilliant, passionate and dynamic men and women with the same commitment to make vaccinations available to every child on the globe and not letting another child die of a preventable disease. It was an experience of a lifetime.

I can only have done this because of my husband’s unswerving support. I have a shot at making a difference because Paul has my back. So to all the spouses, partners, parents and supporters of the Shot@Life Champions, thank you for letting us be awesome.

Go take the pledge at Shot@Life.org. Join us in giving kids a shot at being awesome.

Lee and Paul

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