Chrissy Laboy has sacrificed a lot for her son L.J. — she works full-time as a nurse, but works her schedule around being able to make sure she’s there to see him off to school and be there when he comes home. But Chrissy is about to do something she’s never done before: go on a business trip without her son. She’s nervous about leaving L.J. behind, even though he’ll be with his dad, but her confidence to take on this challenge comes from an unlikely place.

L.J. is a good kid, but like any 8-year-old, he’s toeing the line between being a kid and growing up. He wants his mom to trust him, and by showing her that he’s ready to take care of himself while she’s away, he shows her that she can. He knows how to brush his teeth twice a day with his Philips Sonicare power toothbrush, and that bit of responsibility is only the beginning.

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