Parenting

#WonderWoman Raised Me

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being raised with three brothers meant I had to learn to be tough, but my inner strength comes from my mother.

She has always been compassionate, stubborn and opinionated — and I wouldn’t want her any other way.

Dr Pepper wants you to appreciate the Wonder Woman in your life and has asked me to share my story. For years, my mother worked day and night to help provide for us. Working around the clock meant we never really got the chance to connect as most mothers and daughters do.

My mother’s absence meant I was cared for by my older brothers and dad. All who were more concerned with keeping me alive rather than whether or not I wore a dress or shorts. Shorts and a tee were my go-to combination.

She enrolled me in dance school at a young age to learn the importance of posture and dedication. After a couple of years and my encounter with a bully, I begged her to let me quit.

She didn’t let me.

That wasn’t the last time my mother made me do something I didn’t want to.

 

 


Learning To Be A Girl

My years in a Catholic grammar school had made me a bit cold. I was still dealing with a bully at dance, and I never really connected with other female students. I hung around the boys, and the principal would always complain how it wasn’t “lady-like” to do so. She’d often have conversations with my mother about it.

When it came to signing me up for high school, there was only one place for my mother’s only girl — an all-girl Catholic high school. I was devastated and did my best to get myself out of there. Even before I was accepted, I told the principal that I didn’t want to be there, and right before submitting my test scores for high school, I only sent it to the school one of my brothers was attending at the time.

My mother found out about both, and she wasn’t happy.

When I was accepted to the all-girl Catholic high school, I wanted to cry. I did what I thought would help me get my way — I tried flunking six out of the eight classes I had during my first semester. My English teacher knew I was a bright girl, but she also knew I wasn’t happy. She and I had talks often and it was tough to swallow how I was failing because I didn’t want to be there anymore.

My mother asked me why I wanted to fail out of that school, and I told her I never wanted to go there. Her next words stuck with me: “You think you’re hurting me by doing this, you’re only hurting your future.”

From that day on, I worked with my teachers to improve my grades and did my best to make the most out of the years I had left. I attended clubs, made friends with just about everyone who walked by me, and even tried to inspire others in a similar situation.

I took the same mentality to dance class, and I did that for 15 years until I graduated.

I still don’t like ballet to this day, but classical music, musicals and old movies, that I dig.

My love for the kitchen grew from a culinary arts class I took my senior year in high school, dressing up and actually doing my makeup was something I learned to do from friends I met along the way.

I treasure those years not only because they made me who I am today, but because they remind me of the strength it took for me to overcome those challenges in my life.

A Mother’s Love

For years, I had watched my mom selflessly give to others and I never understood why she would be so quick to give someone money, yet would say we needed to save whenever I wanted something.

It’s her willingness to give from the heart and understanding that others aren’t always so fortunate that really made me understand the value of a dollar.

My mother is the type of person who gives without thinking she’ll receive. There have been times when she would rather give someone something than give to herself.

Today, as a mom of two, I see the same in me. I want the best for our little ones, and I can see my kids pouting and making faces when I tell them they’ll need to do something because it will help them in the future. I guess I learned from the best — the Wonder Woman who raised me.


So here’s a cheer to the Wonder Women in our lives who have taught us lessons about life and responsibility.

Right now you can get Wonder Woman themed Dr Pepper packaging at Walmart. I love that Dr Pepper is celebrating the new Wonder Women movie that will be in theaters June 2nd – be sure to check it out!


Let’s toast to the #WonderWoman in your life with the new Wonder Woman-themed Dr Pepper cans available NOW at your local Walmart.

 

22 Comment

  1. I think a lot of young girls will relate to your childhood story. It’s nice to see a big company like Dr. Pepper supporting female empowerment.

  2. Your mama sounds like a really strong and generous woman, as do you. It’s so wonderful of you to thank her in this way. Here’s to all the wonder women!

  3. What a great story. Thanks for sharing. I love how that phrase your moms said stuck with you. It’s going to be interesting to discover what stuck with our own kids. Love, your fellow Mighty Mompreneur!

  4. Great read, I feel like I can relate – I wasn’t allowed to ditch piano lessons when I wanted too, or move schools when I started getting bullied. It made me tougher I think, and I handle awkward situations a lot better than if id been allowed to just run away each time <3
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  5. I believe my mother is wonder woman as well. She raised my brother and myself completely alone with no help and busted her butt. I feel like she deserves all the praise and I’m sure everyone thinks of their mothers as Wonder Woman as well. I’m so excited for this movie to come out. I cannot wait to see it!

  6. It sounds like you had to grow up a little sooner than you needed to. You sound like a strong woman who is fitting for this!

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She does sound like Wonder Woman. I’m glad you survived Catholic School. Years later, I still see some benefit to that harsh schooling we all received. 🙂

  8. It’s a wonderful heartfelt post about your mum. I’m glad you turned yourself around after that first semester. I’d love to put my son in private school but we can’t afford it at the moment. Not giving up hope. 🙂

  9. What an incredibly empowering post. This gives me a huge confidence booster thank you so much for posting

  10. Loved your post! I felt indentify specially with learning how to be a girl, I still am ! We are strong women because we came from one <3

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