Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 10.11.50 PMAs a parent, there is nothing harder than watching my children sick or in pain and knowing that I am not able to do anything about it. I feel so hopeless during these times because I am their mom and I want to fix everything and make everything better for them. I can’t even imagine having a child in the hospital and having to stay strong for them.

I recently had the opportunity to join Bridget Carlson of Ashland Addison Florist to help pass out flowers to moms, nurses and volunteers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as part of the Mother’s Day VaseOff Challenge. I was excited to be able to bring a little happiness to other moms and those who work every day to help the young patients. The look on their faces when they were given these beautiful flowers was truly 3 I think they were amazed that someone they didn’t know wanted to do something nice for them. They walked away with flowers, smiles, and a bit of hope, which is more than they had when they came to us.

The best part of the experience was that I was able to bring my two preschool-aged children to pass out flowers with me. I think it’s important to show them, at a young age, that we should give to other people who are sad and hurting. They know how happy flowers make me, so they understood the joy they were bringing to someone else’s mommy.

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Alicia Peiffer is the mom of two preschool-aged boys. She blogs at Making Time For Mommy about parenting children with Special Needs, causes she supports and products she recommends. She is the coordinator of cbSocially for Collective Bias where she spends her days immersed in social media. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, drinking Starbucks and list making.