MotheRd- It’s Not A Competition or a Hustle

When you look at the bottom line of it all, there is no competition between single mothers and married mothers. Good mothers, no matter what their marital status, want to raise children who are happy, productive adults.

Caring for My Family Is Not A Hustle

A few days ago while on Facebook,  I saw a photo of a woman with a caption that read, “No one hustles harder than a single mother.” As a married mother, the photo caught my attention, so I scanned the comments. In sum, the opinion of a majority of the commenters seemed to be that single are better mothers because they have to do so much without spouses to help. The comments made me chuckle.

The idea that single mothers are better mothers simply because they are doing two jobs is not a new concept to me. It is one I hear often from single mothers. By way of comparison,  in my circle of married mothers, I never hear about comparisons to or competition with single mothers. The first thing I did after chuckling over the caption was look up the definition of the word hustle. I looked at both traditional and modern definitions. Merriam Webster defined hustle as:

a :to obtain by energetic activity

b :to sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

c :to sell or promote energetically and aggressively

According to Urban Dictionary to hustle is to do “Anythin you need to do to make money… be it sellin cars, drugs, ya body. If you makin money, you hustlin.” I found both definitions interesting, but not applicable  to what I do as a mother.

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The Merriam Webster definition did not appeal to me for several reasons. First,  while it requires energy and stamina to do what I do as a mother,  I would not describe raising my children in a loving, caring home as something to be obtained simply  by energetic activity. Secondly,  motherhood is not something I sell. Thirdly,  mothering is not some underhanded activity in which I engage. I also found the Urban Dictionary definition distasteful. It made hustling seem like something unseemly risqué or shameful. Of course, like most people, I work for a living. I must make money to contribute to the financial well-being of my family. However, I do not provide that  financial support in an unsavory or illegal manner.

Get a GoPro HERO+ LCD and Make Father’s Day Memories

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Father’s Day is a great time to get a new camera and then go crazy taking photos of everything and everyone with the GoPro HERO+ LCD  at Best Buy. We all know that Best Buy is the destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new GoPro HERO+ LCD. The new camera arrives in stores just in time for Father’s Day. So often fathers get the short end of the stick when it comes to photos and capturing memories. This is wrong. This Father’s Day, take time to make and create great memories that dad will treasure forever.

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Once upon a time it was hard for regular people to capture memories. I remember Polaroid photos that you could see almost instantly, but the quality left much to be desired. Later I had a 35mm camera that was an improvement in quality, but even at its fastest, it was a few hours before you found out if you adequately captured the moment. Today it is easier to get point and shoot cameras with the LCD screen so you can see almost immediately if you need to try again to get the perfect shot.

Some Traditions Are Just Clean Fun! Laugh & Enjoy

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Working moms are always looking for ways to make life better for their families at home. One thing that makes life better is creating traditions that will make our children laugh and smile all their lives. Often, our children admire us and copy what we do. With that in mind, make sure you do some fun stuff, some silly stuff, some stuff you will all enjoy. I am one of the #SaveALotInsiders and have a silly tradition I created with my children that involves bubbles of all things!

 

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Take time to create special memories that become family traditions.

I began using Suave products years and years ago when I first moved out on my own when I was only nineteen years old. Back then, I purchased Suave products because they were so inexpensive compared to other products. At nineteen I had moved out of my mother’s home and was living on my own, working and paying my way through college. Way back then, children were not even on my radar, I liked Suave shampoos and conditioners because they were easily affordable and came in a variety of wonderful smells! Back then, there was no Caress body wash to savor, but I do enjoy it now. Similarly, Save-A-Lot supermarkets have been around for a long time providing great products at wonderful prices to customers all across the United States.

 

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Washing our bodies and our hair is something we all must do. It is something that starts before we can even say the word “wash” and, if we are fortunate, it continues long past the days when we can wash without assistance from others. That means we are going ends up being a lot of soap and body wash over the course of our lives. That also means we need to get the best price possible on both. If we shop at Save-A-Lot we are able to get more bang for our bucks which means more shampoo and body wash.