Sometimes, being a Mum can feel like hard work.

It can feel as though we’re doing as much wrong as we’re doing right; that the challenges we solve today are just replaced with new challenges tomorrow.

But in reality, my life as a Mum is pretty straightforward. The challenges we meet are run-of-the-mill everyday challenges.

If you want to talk about inspiring stories, check out the shortlist for the¬†Tesco Mum of The Year,¬†where some actually, properly inspiring Mums share their stories. It’s a timely reminder that there are women – and families – out there who face real challenges with strength and humour and wisdom, and make the world a better life in the process. Why not celebrate people like that instead of someone who took a shower in the jungle?

All the shortlisted women will now be considered by a judging panel and judging will take place this month. The winners will be announced in January, and presented with their awards at a gala awards ceremony in London on 23 March 2014.

Good luck to all the women involved and well done on reaching the shortlist.