Moms, why can’t we just be nice to each other?
It’s just that simple, isn’t it? Rather than judge our fellow women as they struggle to figure out motherhood, why don’t we endeavor to support each other, make each other laugh, or at least, express a little empathy for one another?
That’s the question posed by the mommy blogger behind Mommas Page. She is known for her big personality and her keen insights on what it means to be a parent in today’s day and age.
Now, she’s done it again with a video about motherhood, womanhood, and kindness, and she has us all wanting in on her “mom gang” revolution.
In the two-minute-long video, Momma explains that she was out shopping when she observed a fellow mother whose toddler was in full meltdown mode. But it wasn’t the screaming toddler or his frazzled mother who drew Momma’s ire; it was the stranger in the shop who went out of her way to make the mom feel worse about the situation.
“There was this woman who had her toddler in the shopping cart, and the kid was pulling an all-out temper tantrum,” Momma says. “Over what? Nobody knows. Nobody frickin’ knows why toddlers throw temper tantrums, they just do. He probably had a wrinkle in his sock or somethin’. That’s why toddlers throw temper tantrums.”
“It was like the spawn of Satan was coming out of his mouth,” Momma continues. We know exactly what she means.
Momma describes how the mom was trying really hard to distract her child and defuse the tantrum, but the kid was not having any of it. Then, when the mom glanced at a stranger for a little nod of empathy, that stranger had the gall to roll her eyes dramatically.
As you could probably guess, Momma had a few thoughts on that sort of behavior.
“As though this was putting a dent in her day. This kid in the store was putting a dent in her day. You’re not the one who’s gotta go home with this kid! That poor woman has been dragged through the mill already, and she’s gotta take that kid home! And you’re giving her a look of disgust? What else did you want her to do?”
She goes on to say, rightly so, that with all the strides women are making towards true equality, and with all the efforts we’re making to be heard, we need to remember that kindness starts with us. All it would have taken was a kind nod to let that struggling mom know that she’s not a terrible parent; parenting is just plain hard!
“Give her a look of sympathy,” Momma says. “Give her a look of, ‘It’s okay. I feel you. I’ve been there.'”
“So be nicer to each other. I mean, can you imagine what we could do if we could all just bond together and be nicer to each other? We could be like a gang. Like a gang of mothers. We could take over the world… as long as it was before like 9 PM and not on a school night.”
Truer words have never been spoken! What would you have done in that situation? Would you step up and offer to help the mother? Would you smile at her and offer a kind word? Or would you roll your eyes and make her, and everyone around her, feel worse?
The choice is yours, and we all make it every day. Choose kindness.
Watch Momma’s funny and poignant video below, and please share to spread the word to all the mothers you know!
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