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Like all moms I get tired, impatient and frustrated. I’m waiting for my Britney Spears rock bottom moment where, after hearing the words “NO!!” come out of my son’s mouth for the millionth time in one day, I’ll shave my head and threaten to hit the UPS man with an umbrella when he knocks on my door after 2pm.
These are normal feelings, right?! RIGHT?! My instincts say yes so I’ll roll with that.
As a stay at home mom, I’ve had plenty of moments when I’ve just wanted to hang it up but going back to work, hiring a full time nanny and/or just running away haven’t been viable options for our situation. So I turn to the only people that understand what I’m going through- my Mommy friends.
I am not sure how I would get through this crazy thing called motherhood if it wasn’t for my “sisterhood” of fellow moms. I have mom friends that work full time, part time, own businesses, send their kids to daycare and/or homeschool. We all have different backgrounds but have one thing in common- we are convinced our kids are trying to kill us.
Ok so that’s a bit extreme but if you are a mom reading this, you “get” it. I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from these moms and in moments of need no one has ever turned down my request for assistance. I am SO thankful for this amazing gift of friendships. But out if all the meals shared, advice given, play dates scheduled and babysitting hours provided, I am most thankful for 4 simple words spoken to me by “sisters” in my times of greatest frustration.
“You are doing great.”
A simple statement that can turn any bad day into, at the very least, a work in progress. The word “great” can be replaced with anything positive or even neutral. On really bad days I’ll even settle with a “you are doing OK” or “you are doing the best you can”. It is a simple thing for someone to acknowledge your work, but it has a great impact on a Mom having a tough time.
I’m quickly finding out that Motherhood isn’t just about raising my kids, it is about being involved with the “tribe”. This includes learning what you can from some and supporting and encouraging other Moms. That is why Ashley W and I are in L.O.V.E. with Similac’s new Sisterhood of Motherhood program. No matter what our struggle is, or what we may choose to “judge” other parents for doing, we all have something precious in common. If you haven’t seen the Sisterhood of Motherhood video, stop now and watch it! I laughed, I cried and I realized I need to to a better job of not just accepting support but giving it. I love what Similac is doing with this program and I enjoy seeing their fun and encouraging pictures on their Facebook page.
If you know a new mom fighting with sleep deprivation, see a mom struggling to get back into a work routine after having a baby or see a complete stranger trying to wrestle her toddler into a shopping cart at Target, by all means, consider offering help. But perhaps more importantly you should, at the very least, look that mom right in the eye and say “you are doing great”. Watch her face as she realizes that her kids are fed, healthy and are *generally* happy and it’s all thanks to HER. Hearing those 4 words will mean more than she may be able to explain. And may save her from shaving her head…and hitting someone with an umbrella.
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