I was at the park the other day with one of my darling grand-daughters, she is a year and a half. I looked over and saw a mother with four young children. I raised five, so of course I couldn’t help but notice. Her stroller was filled to the brim with sweaters, jackets, sand buckets, shovels, sippy cups, and bags of clothes.
Putting our grand daughter on the slide and walking over to the sandbox, I overheard two other women talking about all the children this other woman brought to the park. They made a comment that cut me to the core. “Why would anyone who looks so tired and run down have so many kids?” I thought, how dare another mother could even think like that. Being tired and fatigued can affect any mother of one, two or more children. This other mom was happy, and smiling and laughing with her four children. These other two mothers, were standing together, almost huddled, and barely looked up to notice their own kids.
That conversation troubled me more because women should be more supportive and empowering to one another. Don’t be too quick to judge or criticize other moms. Look, and listen to yourself. What do you look like to other moms…are you happy to be around your children, do you smile and laugh with them too?
Mothers need to support one another, help empower our strengths and be positive for our many different roles we share. It’s trying and tiring raising children, that’s not to be judged, it’s just life. Every single mother have their own unique style of parenting, and their own loving way to raise their child. Listen with your heart and live with more compassion toward others.
God Bless all the tired mommies out there!