Like Atlas, she can uphold the weight of the world without flinching an inch. She can transform ordinary vegetables into delicious meals in minutes! With one gentle kiss she can melt away a bad day. Whether it’s yourself, a friend, or your own mother, we all know of that amazing mom whose abilities rival that of any action hero. They are their families’ first line of defense and most secret weapon. One Mother’s Day a year is not enough time to celebrate these exceptional women. As a tribute to moms everywhere Hyland’s has dedicated the DEFEND Cold & Cough line to the Action Hero Mom.
In celebration of her own Action Hero Mom, Thao Le, full-time mother, bedtime story teller, crusader of natural remedies, and Hyland’s VP of Marketing shares a very personal story below. Please join us in thanking Thao for being so open.
Send some love to your Action Hero Mom by sharing her secret identity (ex: my mom, my sister) and her super power(s) on Hyland’s Facebook page. Optional: for extra kudos to your Action Hero Mom, tag her in your post for her friends & family to see that she is your hero.
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Mothering Community Staff
My Mom – The Zen Action Hero.
They always say that life comes full circle. We start as children and then we have children of our own. We look in the mirror and catch glimpses of our own mothers winking back at us. For me, there’s nothing more moving than being reminded that I carry on the legacy of my mother. Hearing her wise words pass through my own lips from time to time still takes me by surprise.
Before I continue, let me be clear that my Mom is very much a part of my life everyday. Her 85 lbs, 4’10” frame is in the very next room as I type this. My children are fighting for her attention, no doubt. She is as much a hero to them as she is to me.
To tell her story is to share her conviction about the one thing in life she knows is more important than anything else – good health. How she arrived at this solid truth was via a road that was pretty tough, which is all the more reason why staying in good health has been her battle cry all these years. And, truth be told, as the VP of Marketing at Hyland’s, it has become my battle cry as well.
Five years after immigrating to America from Vietnam, my father passed away from cancer. He was too young to die – only 42 years old. Mom was left to care for and support 4 children under the age of 11. She was in a new country and grieving the loss of the man she loved and the far away country she had known all her life. With both gone, she now only had the future to care about – a future that needed to hold the promise of her young children’s happiness.
My Dad was an amazing doctor. But as my mother pointed out, he could not care for others when his own health failed him. Long hours of work, and the stress of establishing himself in a new country while his own parents were stuck in Vietnam, stole my father from us and put an undue burden on my mom.
My mom is the Zen Action Hero: she’s not about showing her muscle or boasting about her superpowers. If you ask her, she probably wouldn’t admit to having any. For her, it has always been about mind power, will power, and setting your heart on things that matter to you. She put us first – always. She is a hero to me for that reason alone. I still don’t know how she put all 4 of us through the best available education while securing her own MBA at night. She is amazing to me.
You know how ducks look so peaceful while gliding on top of the water? That’s how my mom comported herself through the world – and still does. But beneath the surface, she’s paddled steadily all along the way, making sure she‘s taking good care of herself – and us.
So to all you moms who are watching out for your own well-being so that you can care for those you love – let us help you. When the first symptoms of a cold come on, use Hyland’s DEFEND to get well quickly. Providing safe, natural and effective medicine for you is the very least we can do.
Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.