It Takes a Village:

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Yes, it certainly does! Parenting is hard and anyone who disagrees is either lying or insane.

I absolutely LOVE being a mom and truly embrace my role of chef, chauffeur, doctor, night nurse, ATM, punching bag, napkin, bank, human jungle gym, teacher and most of all nurturer.

I am pretty sure you are nodding your head and smiling because this also describes you. We adore our kids (most of the time), but it’s also nice to take a break. As moms, we deserve to enjoy a night out, a few hours of quiet and a chance to spend quality time with our spouses and our friends, right? YES, WE DO!

With the holiday season here, it is even more important to have some backup. You are probably confused since holiday time means family. Let me explain:

Yes, the holidays do signify a special time with our loved ones, but we also have to prepare for these holidays. There is food and gift shopping, prepping, planning and executing that needs to occur. If those things aren’t hard enough, adding in kids adds in a whole new level of stress.

Winter break is a comin’ and the number of days that our kids are in school all day are getting shorter and shorter. If you have little ones in school only part-time or not at all, then you have an even tougher challenge.

For the past 10 years, I did it all alone. I did not have family close by to help save the day when I forgot to buy one ingredient at the supermarket. I did not have a rescue team to help me off the ledge when I needed a workout to keep me sane. I relied on friends and outside help to make the dream work.

Luckily, I now have family here and wow, what a difference. Aside from backup and support, it’s about having loved ones nearby that can grow with your children and be there for the important moments.

Not everyone is as lucky and there may not be any family heading to your town anytime soon. Even is relatives are nearby, it doesn’t mean they are helpful. Perhaps caused by busy schedules, health reasons or simply not being interested. J

If you believe that asking for help is a way of admitting failure, you are not alone but you are wrong. It simply cannot be done unaided and it shouldn’t have to be.

I always thought as my three boys got older, parenting would get easier. Not the case. Now everyone has a different activity to go to and it always occurs on the same day but of course, never in the same location. It’s definitely a jigsaw puzzle trying to make all the pieces fit together.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well…it’s simple. My struggles are most likely yours or going to be. The more we share our parenting journey, the less lonely it has to be. It will help us feel more human and come to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect parent.

Whoever you include in your village, it is so important to be able to have trust and reliability. Just because someone is related to you, it doesn’t mean they meet those requirements.

I have encountered many babysitters and nannies when the boys were younger. Some were absolutely amazing and will always be part of our family while others, not so much. Oh, the stories I could tell.

I am so excited to have partnered with Doublemint Sitting, because these gals, well, they fit into the first category.

If you are a client, you can attest to that. If not, why not?

If you haven’t been to their website, you will notice one of their taglines under their logo that reads, “Don’t stress, We’re here”. WOW! To hear that as a mom when you are struggling means EVERYTHING. To have this service available at your fingertips, even if it’s a last-minute need, is an incredible parenting tool everyone should have in their box. It must be why Doublemint Sitting is number one in Tampa and surrounding areas.


Remember when I told you I had stories? Well, if I had done extensive background checks, including accessing driving records, was able to do random drug tests and had more references to call, there would be a lot less of them.

To have someone do this for you is such a time saver and makes you feel good as a parent knowing you are keeping your child safe and checking all the boxes.

I could go on and on but you can see for yourself at Did you know they specialize in multiples and children with special needs? What about overnights and vacations? Okay…I really need to let you explore on your own. Can you feel my excitement?

Isn’t it amazing these days what the definition of excitement is? Well knowing I have a support team that can help me out for the holidays and beyond is what does it for me these days.

I don’t want my kids playing on their electronics while I am cooking for my big holiday dinner. I don’t want my kids spending their break running errands with me. How boring?

Having someone on hand I can trust that will be there to take them places, mentor them and keep them busy while I check things off my to-do list, is worth a million bucks! Don’t worry, they don’t charge nearly that much. Oh, did I mention there is no membership fee? Yep, you just pay for the service you need. LOVE THAT!

One more thing…did I tell you that the Doublemint sitters will do household chores? So, while they assist me with cleaning up my holiday dinner meal prep, I can actually spend that time I am saving with my kids.

Moms, if you don’t already have your village, start creating one. You won’t regret it!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

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Ellie Hirsch is the founder of, a parenting brand offering unique tips, tricks and tools. Ellie shares the secrets to Mastering Motherhood with women all over the world and inspires moms to be the best they can be TODAY. She is a published author, award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, television news contributor and mom to three amazing boys.





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