This luncheon was all about supporting mothers and the choices they make. We are in a society that is too quick to judge and ridicule someone for their actions. We don’t always know the circumstances that has brought someone to their decision but we must all support each other and help them on their journey of being a great role model for their own children.
There was a panel discussion led by Darlene Rodriguez co-host of Today in New York on NBC -TV. On this panel were experts in the field Dr. Sue Hubbard, Pediatrician check out her website the Kid’s Doctor, parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Danielle Smith Founder of ExtraordinaryMommy.com, Tonia Sanders The Chatty Momma Blogger, Dina Conte Schultz the President of ” The Kid’s Doctor.
Some key take aways from this event were:
- Motherhood is a Club- there is no one size fits all approach to parenting.
- We must support each mother’s choice.
- Parenting is getting more difficult than it was a generation ago
- Moms are constantly judging themselves and comparing against others making second guesses in their choices on how to be a parent
- Stress is taking a toll on everyone in the family not just the parents. Be mindful of how this is affecting your child.
A great must for all those in Social Media follow the FRONT DOOR RULE
If you won’ put it on your front door then don’t post it tweet it or comment on it.
It doesn’t need to be out there for everyone to see. If you want to keep it private, don’t put it our there for everyone to see.
Support- Who doesn’t need it or want it?
Make sure you are surrounded by those who will encourage and support you along the way in parenting. Mom groups aren’t there to put you down or make you feel bad about yourself. If that is the case you need to find another group that will support you in your decisions or guide you along the way.
Be the Best you Can be, be a better you than you were yesterday. We can always learn from our mishaps.
Your children will learn from you: Show them how to do something not just tell them, Lead by example.
Special Guest speaker was Kerri Walsh
Kerri Walsh U.S Olympic Gold medalist @Kerrileewalsh, Spoke about first hand experiences on becoming a mother and the judgement she received about here decisions to put her career on hold as professional athlete. She also spoke about how other women judged her while shopping in grocery stores for Formula. How discouraging this can make you feel if you can’t provide breast milk for your child. People can be so cruel and judgmental without even saying a word. Facial expressions can go a long way.
If you are a Mom, Aunt or even a great friend to those raising children: Follow the ABC’S of Empowerment
- Accept & Support Respect other’s decisions on and offline
- Be Confident- you know what’s the best fo you and your family
- Community- Identify a small circle of trusted friends you can go to for support.
Take the pledge go to StrongMomsEmpower.com, Enter your first name & email address, Click “Count Me In!”, spread the word through Facebook, Twitter #StrongMomsEmpower or Pinterest.
Thank you to @NYCLaurenBeth for attending the event on behalf of Raising Three Savvy Ladies.