‘They ‘must not enjoy their kids’ if they want to be away from them. We call them ‘attention seeking’ or ‘self-centered.’: Mother urges for ‘less jealously, more camaraderie’

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“Why is it we shame moms who work? Exclaiming they ‘must not enjoy their kids’ if they want to be away from them. Why is it we shame moms who don’t work? Remarking they are ‘lazy’ and ‘unmotivated.’

Why is it we shame moms who are honest about their parenting struggles? We call them ‘attention seeking,’ ‘over-sharers,’ and deem they are either a self-centered ‘beotch’ or depressed. 

Why is it we shame moms who are perpetually perky and positive? As if aiming always to see the glass half full could really ever be such a bad thing.  

Why is it we shame moms who are extroverts? Avowing their insatiable need and desire to socialize is selfish and irresponsible. 

Why is it we shame moms who are introverts? Believing every self-decided introvert is unhappy and riding on a carousel of melancholy-ness. 

Why is it we shame any mom? We shouldn’t. Ever. We shouldn’t shame. We shouldn’t judge. 

We shouldn’t think we know any more about anyone than we do. And with what we do know about each other, we should always see the good and remind each other of it, ’cause Lord knows it’s easy to forget not a single one of us ever deserves to feel ‘less than.’

What we do deserve, though, is general human decency, a plethora of grace, and encouragement and support. 

Less condemnation and more adoration. 

Less belittling and more believing in. 

Less jealousy and more camaraderie. We’re equally imperfect humans raising pint-sized, mid-sized, or grown-up imperfect humans,  and we’re trying our d*mnedest to do a good job, or at minimum, not eff it up.  

You know, when we moms champion each other, we all win, and it feels pretty darn inspiring and amazing.

Courtesy of Nicole Merritt

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