If you’ve ever felt judged by another mom, you’re going to want to read this.
Breastfeeding vs. formula, co-sleeping vs. crib sleeping, stay-at-home vs. working mom. You don’t have to look very far to find judgment among moms who are so entrenched in their way of raising babies that they can’t see the human heart and soul of the mother on the opposite side of the issue who is also doing her very best to give her kids what she thinks is best.
(Gulp) I’m not innocent in this by a long-shot. You may not be either. And add that judgment, both given and received, to the parenting critic living inside of our own heads and we are drowning in a sea of negativity.
It’s lonely, frustrating, and harmful to ourselves and our families.
But there is hope! And it comes in the form of a brand new mama movement called Mother of the Year. The premise is simple – we are building a tribe of moms who are encouraged, celebrated, and committed to helping other moms feel the exact same way.
We need YOU! Because whether you know it or not, you are the MOTHER OF THE YEAR! You are doing a great job! We want to cheer you on, mama, and equip you to do the same!
A growing group of moms just like you are killing the Mommy Wars with kindness using stickers. Yes, you read that correctly. Mamas across the country are on the lookout for moms who are also rocking motherhood – needing to hear that they are not alone, learning that what they are doing matters, and being reminded they are doing it well – and giving them STICKERS!
When we spot a mama out and about, we surprise her with the Mother of the Year award sticker (and a couple stickers for her kids, too). Sounds simple, and maybe even a little silly, but I can tell you this – an encouraging moment between two mothers is anything but silly. It’s divine.
Here’s Katy’s story:
So, it’s been a weekend. Sickness, tears, emotions, the unknown, anxiety and just parenting. In the return line at Kohl’s the lady and I were just sharing of raising two under two. I mustered up my smile and laugh. I turned around to leave and the girl behind me was handing me this card, “Heard your story. You are doing a great job. You got this!” I had no idea what to say. She said she started this movement to start encouraging moms to lift one another up and cut the judgment. I gave her the biggest hug I could give. She had no idea.
Yes, that was me giving her the Mother of the Year award, but I’m pretty sure God himself orchestrated that bigger-than-me moment. What she didn’t see was as soon as she walked away, I burst into tears because I was so encouraged by her story and hug–by this moment we shared at the Kohl’s Customer Service counter of all places! I was so filled to the brim that I went home and loved my family better, I seriously did.
And now Katy’s part of the movement – she’s joined the Mother of the Year Facebook group, where mamas celebrate their wins, both big and small. Plus, she’s equipped with Mother of the Year stickers to make a mom’s day wherever she goes.
Now, there’s a lot I don’t know about Katy. She may have the opposite view as me on all things parenting. But guess what? I don’t care. She’s momming the best way she knows how and so am I.
That’s the intention behind every sticker: kindness, encouragement, and an invitation to join a group of moms on a mission to celebrate themselves and others. The exact opposite of judgment, shaming, and the mommy wars.
Let’s re-shape the mom culture to be one of encouragement! You won’t want to miss this movement. Join us today!