On Friday you saw my blog post about how Mother’s Day can be sad for those of us whose Moms are not around anymore.  It's also a bit strange when you're childless, as I am.  Today, I’m writing about how that sadness got turned around.  People reminded me that we don’t have to actually birth a child to make a positive impact on kids.  You may be a stepmom, helping raise your partner’s children.  Maybe you’re a grandmother or aunt who had to take over the role of primary caregiver.  You might be a single person without kids who is an awesome coach or school volunteer.  Perhaps you’re involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County.

Whether or not we grew a child in us or not, we can all be part of the team that helps shape young lives.  Did you see Grey’s Anatomy Thursday?  Meredith stated, under oath,  her belief that “it takes a village” to raise a child.

So if you felt a little left out yesterday with all the thanks and praise being given on Mother’s Day, I just wanted to remind you to look on bright side.  If you’re interacting with youths in positive, meaningful ways, then you’re part of the village.  There are a lot of us non-Moms who still are good role models for young people.

Besides your own mother, which female would you say influenced you most?