While there’s been a lot of talk about the “mommy wars” in the media lately, the truth is that we parents can- and do! – help each other in big ways.
In my experience, when it comes to helping other moms (and dads!) out, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. Here are 5 easy ways you can help out another parent in your life…today.
Make the call
Next time you’re at the grocery store, drive-thru, or pharmacy, give a mom in your life a ring and ask if there’s anything you can pick up for her. Chances are good she’s stuck at home with a sleeping or sick child, and your small offering of a gallon of milk or a latte could give her day a serious boost.
Pass It By
Shopping without kids? Leave that “good” parking spot – the one close to the cart corral or front door – and walk from further away. You’ll get some exercise, and hopefully someone who really needs that close spot (like a mom with a small baby) will be able to nab it.
If you’re going to be carrying a diaper bag, you might as well stock it with a few extra supplies for parents in need. An unwrapped pacifier, extra diapers and wipes, or a pair of clean socks for the bounce house (thanks to Alma of Marketing Mommy for that idea!) can really save the day for another parent.
The More, The Merrier
Heading to the playground with your littles? Call a dad you know and offer to pick up his child as well. He’ll get a little time to himself and your child will have a playmate to take some of that playground pressure off of you. (“Push me again! Again! Again!”)
See that mom struggling to get her toddler into the cart with a baby strapped to her chest? Ask if you can help. Hold the door open for a dad pushing a mega-stroller. Be the first person on the scene with towels and a reassuring, “been there” look when a little one gets sick at the theme park.
Sometimes the biggest help you can give another parent is support and a smile when everyone else is looking the other way. Think what you would want done for you in an awkward or embarrassing situation – and do the same for a mom or dad in your life.
How can you be a source of support by offering a parent you know a small, hands-on bit of help today?