CARLSBAD, Calif., (KGTV) -- Nearly 200 active duty mothers and mothers who support active duty staff at Camp Pendleton, got a full day of pampering at the 12th Annual Military Mother's Day Brunch.
10News spoke to the Torres family.
"Right now, Daddy's deployed," mother, Sonia Torres said. While her husband defends the country as Sgt. Major of Batallion 1-4, she defends the homefront as she cares for her two children, Jasmine and Al.
"My mom means the world to me. She does everything for me. Cook, kisses me good night, everything," 11-year-old Al said.
With no family nearby, military mothers like Torres are in a unique parenting situation. They play the roles of both mom and dad.
"Since Daddy left, we needed something to fill that void, and we found Tae Kwon Do. We [Al] went from white belt to yellow belt to orange belt, Friday night." Torres said proudly.
They often witness milestones alone. Jasmine celebrated her 13th birthday yesterday.
"My mom is well, there's no words to describe it. She's always there for me. I couldn't really ask more than that," Jasmine said.
So they don't. The Torres children will spend the rest of their lives being Mama's Girl and Mama's Boy.
"When I'm in university or college, I would be really close to her because she's my number one fan," Al said.
The event also helps connect mothers with resources and other people who understand the difficulties that come with being a military parent.