The kids and I tried to spend time outside as much as possible this weekend. With living in close proximity to so many parks and the water, we can easily grab their scooters, and head out for an adventure. The kids rode around all afternoon, and spent hours in the playground. Actually, it was a few too many hours, because we headed home a little late, needing to eat dinner and take baths before bedtime. On the way home, Ryder knocked Gemma over, accidentally (I hope!), and she was in tears. As I wiped her tears, Siella began to scream, because she wasn’t ready to go home yet. So, here I am standing in the middle of the street, trying to get everyone to calm down, when I noticed a mother, standing with her family, looking at me. I was certain that this mom was judging me, thinking to herself that they were all melting, and clearly I didn’t ‘t have a handle on the situation.
Much to my surprise, as I turned the corner, she stopped me, and asked if my name was Brianne. Totally confused, I reply yes. She told me that she recognized me from my blog, which surprised me, because in mind head I always think that no one reads my site. But no, she said she has been following me for years. In fact, she mentioned an email she had sent me about 2 years ago, telling me how she was going to go back to work after having her third. She said that I replied with words of encouragement, and even checked in on her a few weeks afterwards. I do vaguely remember it, as I too was in the mist of having a third baby myself.
Sometimes, its a simple act of support that makes such an impact. Her telling me how my words impacted her left me completely astounded. Sometimes we forget how important it is to be supportive to one another, and offer encouragement.
I am happy to announce that I am part of Similac’s Sisterhood of Motherhood campaign. This brilliant campaign (video below) totally resonated with me because it’s about embracing motherhood and supporting each other, not judging. The sisterhood has only one rule. Nourish each other the same way we nourish our children; and just like the sister who’s got your back, we’re there to help you get through the early stages of motherhood with confidence, and zero judgment. Just the way it should be.