Do something nice for another mom today

I had a rotten night last night. The sleep deprivation of having a newborn in the house is really starting to get to me. But as I looked through the ideas I’d jotted down for blog posts today, this one jumped out at me. It reminded me just how uplifting it is to do something nice for someone else, even (or perhaps especially?) when we’re feeling miserable ourselves.

Moms often go unappreciated. They work hard at a job that’s even more important than the most influential politicians or CEOs of big companies. They’re creating the next generation of people, shaping and growing little minds and bodies that will one day grow into the world’s future.

A mom’s work lives on long after she’s sent her kids to college and indeed after she welcomes her grandchildren.

But in the meantime, every mom faces tough challenges, hurdles, potholes, and bumps in the long and winding road of raising her family. She has ups and downs, never gets enough sleep and always wants to do more things than there is time for in the day.

So do something nice for another mom today.

Maybe give her a call before you head out to the supermarket to see if there’s anything she needs. Or just randomly pick up a treat you know she likes and drop it off on her doorstep. If you’ve made cookies or muffins, take her a couple. Offer her the coupons that you’re not going to use. Email her a link to something you think she might find funny online.

It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Just something to let her know you’ve thought of her.

Now, the question is, which wonderful mom am I going to do something nice for today?

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Comments (4)

  1. Jessica Beard

    Great ideas! People have done a lot of nice things for me since I have become a mom. I need to now return the favor and pay it forward. I think offering to get a few things at the grocery store is a wonderful idea. I know how hard it is to take a newborn out for just a few needed things.

  2. Laura Caster

    This is a great article! It also reminded me of something I need to do…
    As first time parents, we were overwhelmed by our newborn. We live very far away from most of our family and friends so we were on our own most of the time. However, one of our friends made the 1+ hour drive with her baby to visit and brought a casserole for us. I still have the dish and am going to send it back with homemade brownies this week. 🙂
    Thank you for helping me remember!

    • Lisa

      Laura, that’s a nice touch! Interestingly, my in-laws are from India, and there is a tradition there that you never return a dish or container empty. Your brownie idea just reminded me. How sweet of your friend to make the trek. It’s a tough time when you’re on your own and just finding your feet.

  3. Terri W.

    Great article! I know that first time parents would love some ready made meals or frozen meals to heat up later. This time of year, a pot of homemade stew or chili would help a family for days. Another idea would be to offer to drive the new mother to her first doctor’s appointments or offer to watch other siblings (if there are any) on those days. Offering to come over to their house and fold laundry or do the dishes would be another way to help out.

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