Blaise Brooks

Mother of 8-year-old, cares for 18- and 22-year-old nephews
Los Angeles, California

I grew up in a home surrounded by very strong women. Everyone took care of each other’s kids—it was always “call your aunt for help” or “call your grandmother.” So it seems only natural for me to be a part of this campaign full of strong women and mothers. We need to take care of each other and our kids. My aunt always told me, “Everything you do needs to be food for the soul.” That’s exactly what Five Moms is about for me.

I have an 8-year-old daughter, and my nephews, who are 18 and 22, also live with me in California. I am lucky enough to work for myself as an accountant, so I am able to make sure that my family always comes first.

Two teenage boys are a challenge, no matter the situation, and I need to know what is going on so I can monitor their actions. I know the boys are Internet junkies—they are always on the computer finding new things. So, it’s even more important for me to be in tune with what is going on out there. We’re all very close, but I’m straightforward with them and provide structure for our life as a family. They always know where I stand.

I’m also excited to be able to spread the word about cough medicine abuse with all the mothers out there. This is a serious issue. We must band together to take care of each other and our kids. It is up to us to learn what is out there and equip our kids and ourselves with the right information and help them do the right thing.