Two Words We Say to Moms That Steal the Joy Right Out of Motherhood

How many times have I heard this said to me? Maybe by a stranger cooing at my sweet, smiley, baby boy. They’d tickle his chin and laugh and then so, “Oh he’s so sweet. But just wait. Just wait until he’s a teenager…”

How many times have I said it to another mom? Maybe one who is nine months pregnant and just SO EXHAUSTED. “You think you’re tired now? Just wait until that baby won’t sleep for more than two hours at a time. THEN you’ll really be tired.”

Just wait.

Why do we say that? Why do we have to one-up them, warn them, refuse to let them just bask in the moment for a little while.

Why do we do this to our fellow moms? I really have no idea. Is it because we want them to know how hard WE’VE had it? If so, that’s not a good reason.

I mean, misery loves company, but why drag someone into that company that has no reason to be there.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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