All Parents Deserve A Gold Medal

thank you mom, p&g 2012 video
Thank You, Mom

Mother’s Day isn’t for another month, but here is a ‘Thank You, Mom‘ video that will make all you do worthwhile.

The countdown to the London 2012 Olympics ticks to 100 days today. To celebrate Proctor and Gamble has released a video highlighting the influence parents(moms) have in amateur athletics.

The video goes after the jump, warning: you’ll need tissues.

Parents of Olympic athletes are a special breed. For kids to rise through the ranks of amateur athletics, thousands of hours are spent in training, thousands of dollars are spent on competitions, and thousands of personal sacrifices are made to follow a dream that leads to a few seconds on the world stage every 4 years.

Figure skater Joannie Rochette won the bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics just days after her mother passed away. She knows the impact a mom can have.

“It was hard for her. She was doing a tough job, very physical. At night, she was tired. But she never showed it to me,” she said. She was always there to support me and to allow me to be the best that I could. I think my mom wanted me to have a better life than she had. It’s always like that, you always want the best for your kids. That was my mom, she always wanted the best for me.”

Isn’t that the truth? That metaphor doesn’t just apply to Olympic parents. We’re all doing that sacrificing. Raising a kid isn’t cheap. They’ll likely get a new toy before you get a new pair of pants. Their swimming lessons will happen before you go on a girls’ night out.

It’s them, before us. Everytime.

So while this ad may be celebrating parents of Olympic athletes just 100 days away from their goal, pat your self on the back and take it as a ‘thank you’ to you too. Your kid may not make it to the Olympics, but their dreams will come true because of all you do.

Yes, parenting is the hardest job in the world, because it is the best job in the world. And that’s our gold medal.

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