Good Morning, Mama’s!
It’s been a long week but I’m sure that’s how it always is for you strong and wonderful and smart mama’s. We go to work and make the money and come home and take care of our families. The dad’s too. I know they work just as hard as us sometimes. My favorite saying is, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”. As a family and as a unit, we are a team! I am so lucky to have my husband and my teenage son to help me with my two toddlers. They have me pulling my hair out sometimes but I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. Now with that being said, I know there are mama’s out there who don’t have a spouse or family to help them out. You are my hero’s. You do it all and I see that invisible lasso and cape you wear. I see the stress you deal with. I was there once myself. The one thing I love about society today is that we have social media. I know some people think social media is ruining our lives but I disagree. As a single mom or a married mom or a stay at home mom or a army mom or whatever kind of mom you are, it’s good to have someone to talk to. Someone who has been through or is going through what we are going through. Someone who has survived and can show us that we too can survive! I am a part of several groups on Facebook and follow many pages on Instagram. When I had trouble breastfeeding/ pumping milk for my children I joined breastfeeding/ Exclusively Pumping groups on FB. Those moms were amazing! I also joined a I am Mom group which was created for the moms regardless of whether they breastfed or bottle fed or both. If I had a question or anyone else had a question, everyone would jump in to offer their best advice which came from their own experiences. When I decided I wanted to become vegan I joined a vegan moms group. These groups make it so you are not alone. They used to say that it takes a village to raise a child and social media, to me, is like that village. I’m not going to say that you will never run across a judgemental mother or two, or three! lol Thats life. You will however, run across so many more supportive mothers who will help you feel like you are not alone. Mom’s that will lift up your spirit and have you feeling like, “Hey, I got this!”. With the recent suicides of two celebrities this week, mental illness has been a big topic of conversation. It made me think about the mothers dealing with Postpartum Depression or just depression. I know it can be hard to seek help when you can barely get out of bed or take care of yourself let alone those babies. I just pray you have the strength to do so. I pray that you have people to talk to or people that are there for you. Even if you have to go on social media to find someone. There is nothing wrong with finding people. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. It’s like the flight attendants on the plane say before take off, “You have to put your oxygen mask on first, then the kids”. You cant take care of those babies properly with out first taking care of yourselves! Love yourselves and be proud of yourselves and remember that you are not alone! If you dont have a village, find yourself one! Start your own village!
I hope you grown mama’s have a wonderful week. If you have time, maybe check in on a fellow mom who you know may be having a hard time. If you see a mom struggling in the grocery store, ask her if she needs some help. If you hear a baby fussing in the movie theater or a special needs child making happy noises, don’t complain, but instead have a little empathy. You’d be surprised at the power of a smile and a nod. Sometimes when searching for a village we become the village we have searched for. Love you guys! <3
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