Pennsylvania Resident is a Finalist in the Woman’s World Super Mom Contest

Tracy Stengel
Photo byMelissa Blanchard

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs around, and it’s even tougher when you are doing it alone. Great parents often go unnoticed and uncelebrated. Sensational headlines and juicy gossip steal the limelight in today’s culture. Women’s World, America’s #1 Woman’s Magazine, wants to change that.

Woman’s World is hosting a contest to search for one extraordinary woman to take the title of Super Mom 2023. The lucky winner will receive $20,000, a weekend vacation in Palm Springs, California, and be featured in a 2-page spread in Woman’s World magazine.

People can cast one free vote per day. There is also an option to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to cast additional votes. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit that strives to provide the best possible care for children. One in 10 children in North America are treated by a CMN Hospital every year. They help to fill the funding gap that Medicaid and insurance programs don’t cover.

Voting began weeks ago and Pennsylvania resident, Melissa Blanchard, is one of the top five finalists in her group.

Blanchard is thrilled to have made it this far. “I saw the contest and thought to myself, You know what, stop doubting yourself! Believe in yourself and just go for it!

Blanchard, 37, is a single mom raising three children. Bella is 10, Kaylee is 7, and Lincoln is 5. “They are in three different developmental stages. The biggest challenge is making sure I raise them to be good people emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. It’s all on me,” Blanchard said.
Photo byMelissa Blanchard

Parenting is a job one does around the clock. “I hug my children every day. I tell them I love them. We read, do homework, and make healthy meals together. We pray every night. But still, I always wonder if I am doing enough,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard’s mother was a single parent as well. “I’ve learned to get past barriers I’ve put upon myself with negative thinking. Now, I am building my self-worth. I tell myself I am good enough. I am going to college to earn a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I want to be a counselor to help and guide people. I want them to discover their inner voice,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard has had counseling herself. “Sometimes, just a listening ear is all someone needs when they haven’t been heard their entire life. It makes a huge difference,” Blanchard said.

Winning this contest would mean a lot to Blanchard. “I would cry tears of joy. It would show my kids how to go after what they want. Prove that anything is possible if they have the courage to chase their dreams. I want them to see that. They have been so supportive of me through every stage of this contest. It’s been an exciting time for all of us,” Blanchard said.

If you would like to vote for Melissa Blanchard in the Woman’s World Super Mom contest, you can do so here.

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