A few weeks ago we were at our Sunday School class. During the beginning of every class we are all given the oppourtunity to share if we need prayer or if we have something to praise the Lord for. This was back when we were potty-training the Blue-Eyed Boy and it was FINALLY going well. We were obviously excited about this, so we shared with our class. Everyone was happy for us. It was great. And then she had to pipe up. You know who I’m talking about –the naysayer. The mom who always has to point out the bad side of things. The one who makes you feel like a crappy mom. Who reminds you, yet again, that though you may think so–you don’t have it all together.
That conversation has been rolling around in my head ever since. I have been dwelling on it far too much. I’ve been waiting and watching for the Blue-Eyed Boy to regress in his potty training instead of rejoicing in his progress -why? All because some other Mom tried to tear me down in my moment of happiness and pride in my son? And for what? To make herself feel better? To be the “superior mother”? To put the focus on her and her potty training problems?
Why do we do this to each other (and by we I’m mean “women”)? It seems like women are the worst enemy of, well…women! We are constantly tearing each other down, and criticizing each other for doing things “wrong”. Why can’t we just support each other? Why can’t we give positive encouragement, even if another mom’s parenting style makes our skin crawl? To say something uplifting even if another woman’s worldview makes us wonder what in the world they could be thinking.
We are all women. We can empathize with each other in our motherhood journey. We can understand where the other may be coming from. Or we can at least try to step into her shoes and visualize what she is going through.
I’m sure I’ve done this, actually I know I’ve done this to some new moms. I’m sad to think that I was a naysayer. I hate that I was one of those moms who said, “oh just wait” and belittled what that other Mom was going through at the moment.
I don’t want to be that kind of woman. I want to be an encourager to other women and moms. I want to lift other women up not tear them down. I want other moms to be able to come to me and know that they will find no judgement or condescention in my demeanor towards them.
I hope we all want these things. I hope we will all strive for these things. I know I am. I can only change myself, but hopefully I may be an example to others around me.
Lets try to remember the old saying, “If you ain’t got something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”!