Seven Things to Say to Any Mom
How many of you have seen those countless lists going around detailing all of things you should NOT say to a working mom, stay-at-home mom, single mom, etc.? Well… I hate those lists. Why? We are all just moms trying to do our best. Instead of focusing on what we shouldn’t be saying to one another, why don’t we embrace our motherhood and support and uplift one another by telling each other nice things?! The next time you are around a friend, talking to one online, or even meeting a new fellow working mom, try saying something like this:
1. You are awesome.
This simple and to-the-point phrase will speak volumes to any mom. Again, we are all just trying our best, and let’s face it--being a mom is tough! No matter what age kids reach, parenting never really gets easier.
2. It’s obvious how much you love your kids and they love you.
I don’t know about you, but as a mom this is probably the highest compliment someone could pay me. The fact that someone else can see the love between mother and child, and actually comment on it, is just about the kindest words a person can say.
3. Want to have a mom’s night out and grab a glass of wine?
Every mom needs and deserves a break. Additionally, we absolutely should never feel guilty for wanting and taking those breaks. Downtime for a mom means a more relaxed, happy mom – and that’s just better for everyone. Don’t drink wine? Don’t worry! Beer, coffee, tea… any beverage, really, can bring about mom bonding!
4. What’s the funniest story you have from something your child has said?
There is a very good reason for the expression and old TV show “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” because well, they just do. Of course, we moms LOVE to share and hear these stories. They are fun and always provide a smile and a laugh! Who couldn’t use an extra laugh in their day?
5. Want to join us at (insert place) soon?
Just like mom’s night out, we really need kid play dates, too. Even older kids can have fun hanging out while moms can chat and relax. We all get busy, so don’t wait for an invitation--bring it up yourself and get a date on the calendar.
6. Give ANY compliment… hair, shoes, kid’s clothes, kid’s behavior, etc.
Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a compliment. It’s basically a verbal smile. There is no doubt it will brighten that mom’s day.
7. You are doing a great job.
Yes, this seems similar to #1, but the clarification can go a long way. I work in marketing, and one of the biggest trends right now is REVIEWS! What better ‘mom review’ is there than someone specifically saying you are doing a great job as a mom?
So, try out one or all of these on your mom friends today. A couple of nice words can go such a long way! Forget the labels—"working mom”, “single mom”, “stay-at-home mom”, “new mom”--and just remember: we are all in this crazy thing called motherhood together!