One year ago this week, CTWorkingMoms.com did a post-baby body photo shoot to show the world what moms' bodies really look like. To celebrate the anniversary, we decided to tackle another topic that makes our skin crawl -- the mommy wars. Just like last year's shoot was about embracing our bodies, this year's is about embracing our different parenting choices. Because seriously people, the world needs more love and less judgment.
Personally, I think the mommy wars were created by the media as a way to pit women against each other and gain ratings and I just don't want to be a part of that. I am soooo over it. Who cares if some moms choose to homeschool vs. sending their children to public schools or if some moms breastfeed and others don't or if some moms let their kids watch more TV than others? The only choices we have control over are our own. What another mom chooses is her decision -- who are we to judge that? And when you really think about it, what's the point? It feels so much better to treat people kindly with loving intentions, rather than to go straight to a place of judgment. We should be supporting women's decisions instead of critiquing them and making snap judgments based off of our limited knowledge of other people's situations.
That's exactly the message we hope to spread with these beautiful photos taken by Jean at I View Photography. We took on a lot of the issues the media uses to pit mom against mom and reclaimed them with a sense of sisterhood. You make the choices best for you, I'll make the choices best for me, and while our choices will oftentimes differ, let's choose to love one another instead of critique one another. Can you imagine how beautiful the world would be if we all adopted this compassionate attitude?
Let's end the mommy wars, once and for all, by tapping into our compassion and letting go of our judgments.
Many of my CTWorkingMoms.com bloggers also felt the need to sound off in the "confessional" we had at the photo shoot. We put together a very powerful video that is worth the watch. Enjoy it and please share our message widely.
WATCH: CT Working Moms Confessional
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