Mothers make things happen. Whether it is a family get-together or a last-minute school project, mothers everywhere are masters of multi-tasking and getting the job done.

Although we might not be able to celebrate these important family figures as we normally do, they deserve kudos for a job well done.

Whether you are a mother to be, mom, grandmother, adoptive mom, or bonus mom, you are essential to your family’s happiness and well-being.  Never under-estimate the good work you are doing or the impact you have on others.

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I look back fondly on all that my mom has taught me including how to be a good person, have compassion for others, and to stick up for myself. She taught me to try my best, even though my best varies from day to day. Mom was my first teacher, teaching me my A, B, Cs and helping me to learn how to read. She taught me how to be a friend, a sister, a wife, and a good mom. She has been with me through all of my life’s milestones. I cannot imagine my life without her. Due to COVID-19, I have been physically separated from my mom for months and I miss seeing her in person, but our frequent phone calls keep us as close as ever.

During these uncertain times and quarantine, most moms are now also assisting as teachers, working from home, and what may seem like serving as short-order cooks. In normal circumstances, moms are also the ones who volunteer to help with the PTA, sports activities, and extra-curricular activities like Girl Scouts. As the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I know we could not do the important work we do without the support of moms, and yes dads, everywhere who see the importance of supporting youth and provide activities to promote their social and emotional development.

This Sunday take time to give a shout out to all the moms and the women who support you and your family. Whether it’s a card, a drive by, or a phone call, a thank you is much appreciated by these superheroes who make it all happen.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls. In Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to create positive change in their own communities.  Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000. Visit us at www.gsnnj.org.