Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Similac. I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.
I think we can all agree that this parenting thing is not easy. We are all trying to work our way through the journey one day at a time. Each day is a new adventure. Imagine how much easier it would be if we could do it… without judgement.
Sisterhood of Motherhood
Colby and I have 5 children. Our oldest will be 20 this year. Between the five of them over the course of 20 years, we have run the gauntlet of parenting trials and triumphs. And believe it or not, others do not always agree with the decisions we have made with our children. So what if we all decided to band together? To lift each other up in encouragement. To agree to disagree… in harmony. To simply become The Sisterhood of Motherhood.
Being able to compliment or encourage another parent takes little effort. Seek out ways everyday to offer support to those around you and see what a difference it makes! Here are 3 simple ways to encourage parents that take little time… but can have a huge impact:
- Buy their lunch. I did this recently at the restaurant where our teens work. We were enjoying breakfast and noticed a dad at a nearby table with his two small children. Their food was not out yet and Dad was doing all he could to keep them entertained. There was a spill and Dad hurried to keep it from spreading before the manager came to help. I felt for him. We have been there before. So, before we left, we also paid his ticket. We were told later that he was completely surprised and felt honored. In fact, he paid it forward to another parent. It’s that easy!
- Praise the kids. Oh how amazing this is! People are quick to point out bad behavior, but do the opposite. Let Mom or Dad know when you see their children acting like incredible little people. We need to hear this! It gives us a bit of confirmation and confidence in what we pour into the lives of our kids daily.
- Send a note. Whether through social media, snail mail, text… or in person… send an uplifting note of encouragement. Let another parent know that they are doing a great job! This can literally take a minute of your day. In fact, while you’re at it, spend 5 minutes and shoot a message over to 5 parents. We can all use a little sunshine in our day!
Parenting is tough enough without having to argue with other parents along the way. By encouraging each other and sharing our struggles and triumphs, we can be stronger, together. Inspiring one another to be better, more productive parents means a better future for our next generation as well. Find a way to reach out and support and encourage parents around you today!