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I am a great mom. I am a great mom because of the example that was set before me by my own mom. Growing up, I knew I always had at least one person in my corner, on my side. I was not the easiest child to raise. I have always been strong in my convictions and gone against the grain to some degree. My mom always supported that. I was always given the benefit of the doubt because she was confident that she'd taught me to make good choices. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my mom told me, "No matter what, be her advocate." I always will. So many people and situations cut into our spirit on a daily basis, I have always known that when I need repair, I only need to call my mom.

I hope both my children will be confident in the knowledge that I will gladly hold them up and bear any burdens to lift them higher to their goals. I want to foster their independence and right to make choices that are good for them, whether or not they are popular ones. I would not be who I am today without the wisdom and strength of my mom. I also have learned to take care of me first, so I may be the best I can be for my children. Date nights with my husband to maintain a strong and healthy marriage, exercising to stay strong and fit and minitrips to visit family or friends are all things I do to take care of me and that my mom did without apology. She taught me that to take care of yourself is putting your family's needs first because you will be better able to be 100 percent for them.

Briahna Connors; Grand Blanc, Michigan
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