March 15, 2013 by Gina
I’ve been thinking lately about motherhood and how it is so often an equalizer. What I mean by that, is that it doesn’t matter where you come from, how much money you make, if you stay at home or work outside the home, how many children you have or if you are young or old. If you are a mother, there is a bond that exists as women.
This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about this but it has been on my mind more recently. Probably because I’ve just had my third child and when I see another woman with a small baby, it’s so easy to strike up a conversation. Or I’ve been to the zoo or clinic or coffee shop and easily talked to other mothers. It always amazes me how quickly the conversation turns from talking about general information to intimate details. We’ll be discussing the age and gender of our children and how we’re going through potty training or something similar and suddenly we’re talking about the details of our birth stories or how difficult sex was after giving birth!
This sisterhood of motherhood seems to break down barriers so quickly and commonality is so easily found. It also helps to talk about how joyous motherhood is and at the same time how difficult it can be. What seemed so hard yesterday can be laughed at today when we tell the story about how our child(ren) kicked and screamed for 30 minutes because he didn’t get a fruit snack!
As mothers we’ve all been there – the good, the bad and the ugly. We feel like we are supermom one minute and the next minute that we’ve failed miserably. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions but we aren’t alone. Whether your children are infants, toddlers, teenagers or adults – you are a mother and we are in it together!