Twelve sassy mommy bloggers took the stage last night in San Francisco to tell their personal stories of motherhood at Listen to Your Mother. These women rocked it! Women like Melissa of Confessions of a Dr. Mom, Estelle of Under A Pink Moon and Joy of The Parenting Myth were among the many courageous women who—using humor, candor, depth and kindness—drove home in my mind one resounding message: be kind to yourself.
Motherhood is arguably the hardest and most important job in the world. No matter how many parenting books you read, classes you attend or nannies you have to help you, two facts remains—motherhood is the great equalizer, and no one has all the answers. The healing power of kindness goes deep, and the power of kindness to heal the inevitable bumps and bruises that go with the territory cannot be underestimated.
The best thing about kindness is that, as freely as you can give it others, you can give it to yourself. In motherhood, you might grow cobwebs waiting on others to give you the validation, encouragement and emotional support you need to help raise humans well. So add “Do something for myself” to your to-do list every day. It may be as simple as buying yourself flowers or closing your eyes and giving yourself an affirmation, like the one in the movie The Help, “You are good, you are smart and you are important.”