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Whether you are a new mom or an experienced mom, motherhood is hard. There are struggles we all face while raising children, and we need to empower one another instead of putting each other down. Check out this video from Similac that highlights the true Sisterhood of Motherhood:
When I had my oldest son almost 9 years ago, online mom groups were nonexistent. I went to friends and relatives for information and advice. So years later when I had my youngest, online forums were a popular way to meet other moms who were experiencing similar frustrations and joys as yourself. Thanks to these mom forums, I was able to make some incredible friendships and retain knowledgeable information that has helped me in raising my children.
However, with access to these types of forums and virtual social sites, I have personally seen moms putting each other down. In fact, mom-shaming has seemed to increase. What’s really upsetting is instead of moms being there for one another and showing compassion, they are being bullies, making topics that could be informational to one another, topics moms don’t want to discuss.
Some of these topics include:
- Formula vs. Breastfeeding
- Disposable Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers
- Circumcision vs. Non Circumcision
- Vaccinations vs. Delayed Vaccinations vs. No Vaccinations
- Stay-at-Home Mom vs. Working Mom
We need to remember that every mom has a different story, different struggle, and different views. Just because one mom doesn’t agree on the same thing as you, doesn’t mean we need to force our opinions on them. Instead, we can discuss our views and appreciate others, even if different than our own. We can learn a lot from one another.
Check out the video Emily and I created showing the struggles moms face and the affect mom-shaming can have on another mom. Remember, mom-shaming can come in different ways. You may not directly bash someone but by passing judgment and offering advice when not asked, it can make another mom feel insecure in her parenting.
We don’t know what another mom is going through. So instead of seeing what is wrong with one another, let’s try and uplift each other. Parenting is a hard job; so instead of passing judgment or mom-shaming one another, let’s focus on uplifting. You never know how your one compliment may help to turn a hard day for another mom into an empowering day.
“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake