Last Friday, we ended the week arguing whether being a stay-at-home mom constitutes "work" (again). Thankfully, 2012's resurgence of the Mommy Wars didn't last long. Instead, the biggest statement about motherhood over the past five days seems to come from a commercial.
Procter & Gamble debuted their "Thank You Mom" Olympic-season advertising campaign, and with this two-minute spot, the drug giant may just bring every mom in the country to tears. The lovely, moody first 20 seconds draws you in, then the music starts in earnest, and when they go ahead and dub motherhood the "best" and "hardest job in the world" ... you'll be hooked (whether or not your son or daughter is an Olympian).
Go ahead and try to watch without crying.
Of course, this clip joins the oeuvre of several tear-jerker ads about raising children. Here are five of the best. Tell us what we missed in the comments!
A father uses the web to share memories with his daughter as she grows up in this video depiction. Music by: Ingrid Michaelson Song: "Sort Of" Album 'Everybody'
A parent is having one of those moments in life that you never look forward to. The day your baby is going to borrow the car and drive off without you. We watch the moment unfold with a dad giving a few last pointers to his daughter
Apple iPhone 4 FaceTime commercial. www.apple.com You can call 1-888-FACETIME with your iPhone 4 & talk to an Apple rep live over Facetime. From 8am to 8pm CDT. The actor at the end is Ryan Lane (not Matt Damon). www.imdb.com
Full length version of Folger's extremely long-running "Peter Comes Home For Christmas" commercial. The little girl is probably a grandmother by now!!! Okay, probably not, but she did grow up to be a VERY nice lady! The actors in the ad are as follows: Greg Wrangler (Peter, better known as PEETER!!!) Susan Honey (Older Sister and inspiration to Joey Tribbiani) Kenneth Corey (Father) Colleen Hughes (Younger Sister or the little girl who, led by her older brother, develops a coffee sniffing habit at an early age) Kate Weiman (Mother) Thanks alot. Merry Christmas!
Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But it's also the best. This Procter & Gamble commercial honors everything that all moms do to help their children succeed by showcasing the amazing moms behind Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hardest job in the world is truly the best job in the world. Join P&G in saying "Thank you, Mom" by sending your Mom a message of thanks at: www.facebook.com/thankyoumom
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, the ad was described as a 60-second spot. The commercial is actually two minutes long.