Mom Encouragement Is Simple
Encouraging mom sisterhood on social media is simple. Through positivity and compassion, here are 8 ways moms can simply support other moms.
Some might seem like common sense but here is a quick refresher.
The Quick List
- Think before posting
- Validate their feelings
- Show compassion
- Offer words of encouragement
- Share encouragement with your own experiences
- Recommend legitimate resources
- Avoid providing medical advice
- Keep on scrolling
1. Think before posting
Whether you are creating an original post or responding to a post, take a moment and think. Are your words hurtful, judgmental, or possibly setting yourself up? If so, maybe rework your words or if the option is available, post anonymously.
2. Validate their feelings
Being a mom is a tough gig. We all become tired, frustrated, frazzled, or at a loss. Logically, we know as moms that kids have tantrums but it can be frustrating. If a mom is expressing her frustration, she does not need to hear this is normal, get used to it, or discredit her feelings. Try to empathize and provide encouragement it does get better.
***Before we go on, do you ever feel like your partner does not give you the support you need? Read, My Husband Refuses to HELP (3 Startling Reasons Why).***
3. Show compassion
Following up on validating their feelings, show compassion for their struggles or challenges. When a mom is expressing her struggles, she might just need to vent and need words of kindness. Take a moment, to consider if the response you are giving would make you feel worse. If it would, choose different words.
4. Offer words of encouragement
Offer encouragement and not criticism. As noted above, show compassion and understanding. You do not have to give advice or provide a solution but make a place for her. Kind words have as much power as cruel words. Simply, positive encouragement is sometimes all a mom needs.
We can have negative moments. Take a listen to Episode 18: Gratitude Attitude (No More Negative Nellies)
5. Share encouragement with your own experiences
6. Recommend legitimate resources
7. Avoid providing medical advice
Overlapping on recommending legitimate resources, be cautious when offering medical advice. Especially, when there is concern around a mom’s child. Sharing antidotal circumstances can offer encouragement. However, some medical questions need to present to someone who knows their circumstances.
8. Keep on scrolling
Lastly, if you are unable to provide encouragement or if your views greatly differ, keep on scrolling. There is no requirement that every mom needs to respond to every post.
Encouragement Over Criticism
The mom sisterhood should be filled with encouragement and kindness. If you would not say something unkind to someone’s face, then it is best not to post on social media. When moms support each other, we create a sisterhood like no other.