Getting Real With Shadra Bruce

My 9-month-old son had not only been sick with a high fever but had thrown up so many times we no longer could keep up with the laundry, so he was wearing (swimming in) one of daddy’s white t-shirts.  New Year’s Eve was normally a time for celebrating, but that last day of the year 2000 was a particularly memorable celebration…our baby went from five days of misery and lethargy to suddenly feeling better, just in time to ring in his first New Year.

There really is nothing like that smile – the smile that makes you know in your heart that your baby is better.

Even though my “babies” are now 13 and 10, there is still nothing more reassuring than the first smile after a cold or flu. It’s like a ray of sunshine after a long storm. I mean, just look at these smiles!

my kids' smiles


When your kids give you that “I’m feeling better smile” doesn’t it just bring joy to your heart?


Kids have smiles that make every day better. Share your favorite photo of your kids’ smiles on and using the hashtag #SmilingItForward. Not only does it help us remember how precious those moments are, but each photo you share may help children across the country get access to the healthcare they need.

The scoop: between September 17, 2013 and January 31, 2014, the makers of TYLENOL® will make a $1 donation to Children’s Health Fund for every photo shared on

Read Alyson Hannigan’s go-to tricks that help bring back those sweet little grins.

Please take a few minutes and visit and upload a picture.


It’s because of understanding that feeling of relief that I am so excited to participate in the SMILING IT FORWARD™ Campaign. I have received information and products from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks.