To be a mom these days is to live with self-doubt.

The never-ending dos and don'ts from friends, family and parenting websites certainly don't help.

Our lives are filled with choices, big and small. Should I have given in to the extra chocolate chip cookie? Am I helping too much with homework -- or too little? Will this damage my kids emotionally? Will that turn them into spoiled slackers?

But once in a while, the self-doubt clears, and you enjoy a well-deserved moment when you're able to proudly say: I'm doing right by my kids. I made a difficult choice, but it will help my son or daughter become a more capable, confident human being. Or, I handled that crisis better than I thought!

For Mother's Day, we'll publish readers' stories about these real-life aha moments, the times you said or did the right thing. What you share will be a tribute to the important job of parenting. It could also reassure and inspire others.

Send your stories of up to 200 words to by April 23. Put "Mom's Day" in the subject line.

We'd also love photos. They need to be JPEGs, 400 KB or larger.

-- Martha Ross