During a recent conversation with a friend of mine, I was introduced to the term “Mommy Wars,” or the battle waging between mothers regarding the parenting choices they make (SAHM vs. working mom, attachment parent vs. nonattachment parent, etc). I have been obliviously walking through life as a Mommy and a Mommy Blogger without having any awareness of this term. I have, however, had an intuitive understanding that mothers everywhere seem to be in conflict.
I feel the battle waging a lot in my own life. I feel it when I tell professional women that I decided to leave my medical career to stay at home with my kids. Or when I tell attachment-style mothers that I stopped breastfeeding my kids before age 1. Or when I tell helicopter-style mothers that I let my kids fall down at the playground sometimes ON PURPOSE so they can learn their limits. It feels like there’s implicit judgment everywhere among mothers. And just for the record: I really wish that the “Mommy Wars” would stop. I really wish that we could start being more tolerant and supportive of each other because, as my children taught me, there’s no ONE right way to be a Mommy.
For this reason, I am staging a peaceful protest of the “Mommy Wars” on my blog. I am starting a new series entitled “Inspired Pittsburgh Mommies.” In this blog series, I will embrace a more encouraging and supportive point of view toward local women by highlighting some really incredible Pittsburgh mothers. These women have been inspired to create unique grassroots-type projects within the city. These projects must:
- Benefit the greater good of Pittsburgh somehow (some examples: help a marginalized subpopulation, improve the environment, promote greater tolerance, etc).
- Directly improve the lives of our families, children, or other mothers.
I will help promote the project by writing an interview-style blog post about it, featuring it on my website, and sharing it via my social media sites. My hope is that this blog series will a) help make these projects a success b) motivate other mothers to help support these projects and c) inspire other mothers to make their own dreams a reality.
Just like all you Inspired Pittsburgh Mommies, I dream BIG. And I dream that this blog series will help change the culture of Mommyhood in this city–that it will help us learn to encourage and support each other’s dreams, projects, and choices. Inspired Pittsburgh Mommies, I want to help you!
Coming up first: an interview with Kelly Day, the Inspired Pittsburgh Mommy who started the Kid City Rockers, a monthly Indie dance party for kids!
If you believe that you have a project that you would like me to highlight (or you know somebody else who is doing something really cool) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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