♥The Community of Motherhood Unites Us All♥
Today is International Day of Charity
How have you received or given within the community of motherhood?
I have received and I have given
My oldest’s first diapers were from a nonprofit organization that was shut down shortly after. I then gave diapers to other mothers in need.
My oldest’s first clothes were from a generous woman on freecycle. I have donated many clothes to other moms and places that hand them out for free.
I have sent birthday presents to friends for their children when they had no money to buy any. I have bought Christmas gifts for foster children from the charity tree at my husband’s place of work.
I donated breastmilk to a tongue-tied baby whose mama wasn’t able to produce enough, and to another mama whose circumstances I don’t recall. I have had milk donated to my tongue-tied baby when I was not able to pump enough and she was unable to nurse enough.
A dear friend lent me her birth pool for my freebirth VBAC and, a year later, I bought a birth pool and had it shipped to another mama having a freebirth.
My family has received community help in paying rent when we had no income due to tragedy striking. I have also gathered with a group of women sending all we could spare to a mama who needed to pay her rent.
It ebbs and flows. Motherhood is a sacred bond that unites us all. The community of motherhood is ever-growing in an endless cycle of giving and receiving.
A Tender Balance
Take a look back at your own journey and think about how you have given and received within the community of motherhood. Do you feel the two have been balanced along your journey?
If you feel you have received more than you have given, do you want to give more? Is there a way you can give your time if you can’t afford to give anything material? Can you provide a service to someone that they would otherwise go without, like setting up a meal train after a birth, or helping an overworked mom do laundry? Can you provide emotional support to a mom going through a tough time? What other ways can you think of to give more in the community of motherhood?
If you feel you have given more than you have received, do you feel you’ve not received all that you need? Can you find more support to help ensure you are getting all that you need? Do you have trouble asking for help? Do you have trouble accepting help? Have you searched within the community of motherhood for what you need, or have you been relying on other sources?
If you need help answering these questions, book a free discovery call with me, and find out how I can help you reach the ideal balance you need!