6 Ways to Show Your Solidarity With Other Moms

6 Ways to Show Your Solidarity With Other Moms

Sometimes, it takes a village – and some small but meaningful gestures like these.

By Betsy Voreacos

There’s a lot going on in the world today. Between unspeakable tragedies, horrific shootings and a polarizing political arena, it’s more important than ever to remember what’s most important. You’re a mom first, last and always. Showing your solidarity with other moms will help close the divides, heal the pain and make life a little less daunting, if only for a moment. After all, we’re all in this together.

Here’s a few ways you can support your fellow moms:

  1. Share a supportive smile. When you see a woman breastfeeding in public, give her a thumbs up, a warm smile or a friendly hello. You’d be surprised how much good that little gesture will do.
  2. Share your snacks! Of course, you should ask mom before offering any food to her child, but this is a lovely way to break the ice with someone at the park or playground. Especially since it’s some unwritten rule that snacks that come from a different diaper bag are more enticing to a toddler.
  3. Offer sympathy, not advice. Unless you’re asked, don’t offer advice on how to tame a tantrum or quiet a screaming baby. Frazzled moms don’t want to be reprimanded, which is what advice can feel like in the heat of the moment. Instead, share a story or a sympathetic smile so they know they’re not the first, or the last, to experience an inconsolable or incorrigible child.

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  1. Let a mom pee in peace. At the park with a friend and her kids? Make sure she knows that leaving her children under your watchful eye while she runs to the restroom won’t be a problem at all! (Hopefully, she’ll reciprocate the offer when your time comes.)
  2. Distract, don’t disparage. Don’t roll your eyes at a wailing child on an airplane, especially if you’re traveling kidless (or with kids who are old enough to be babysitters themselves!). Instead, play peek-a-boo, offer your keys to shake, or a magazine to crumple (with mom or dad’s okay first, of course).
  3. Keep watch. Whether you’re at a doctor’s office, waiting at the airport gate, or at the town pool, offer to watch another mom’s stuff so she can run her kid to the bathroom or snack bar unencumbered.

Babies are loud, toddlers are tough, and kids can be stubborn. We’ve all been there. So, if you’re lucky enough to not be on the receiving end this time, why not choose to be on the giving end? It won’t cost you a thing and will help make the mom bond even stronger, no matter what else is going on in the world.


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Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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While traveling with my husband and two sons, I noticed a new mom who was nursing her newborn at the airport baggage claim. She was traveling alone so I offered to pick up her bags for her so she could finish nursing. All she had was a car seat base. Easy and quick way to show support and help to a new mom. Especially one breastfeeding in public. My husband even walked it over to her. He doesn't care about women breastfeeding in public.

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