The latest issue of TIME magazine left me a bit rattled. For those that may not have read it, you have to find the article, read it, and then look deeper to see what people have been saying about it. Far form being merely controversial, many feel that it is a straight up attack on mothers. First of all, for me, the title alone echos a question that most of us battle with every day, “Am I Mom enough?” I could pick apart the cover, rant about the content, and explain my feelings about the photographs, but instead I really want to affirm all mothers:
WE are doing the best we can. WE love our children. WE are totally Mom Enough.
Why does Mothering have to be made into a competition? At the end of the day, don’t we all just want our kids to be happy, healthy, and loved? Does it really matter how your baby is nourished? Some of us don’t even have an option. My little plum spent nearly the first two months of her life being fed through a tube and I can promise you that was NOT my first choice. The point is, I wish all the energy put into ripping each others parenting styles apart could be put into giving back, building up, and embracing our beautifully dynamic differences.
I think this whole breastfed versus formula-fed debate is one of a well-fed nation. I am sure the mommies in the Congo aren’t arguing over the same things we are. So, in a sing-song-hippie voice, I declare, “Always Love.” I want you to do something extravagant today. Do something you don’t have time for. Do something that is out of your comfort zone.
Compliment more than you complain. Find something to love about every person you see today. If you see a haggard mommy in the grocery store, buy her a latte, help her with her groceries, or hold the door open (with a smile).
Let’s be “Mom Enough” to quit judging and start loving.