It’s amazing how two strangers can connect when they begin talking about their children.
Occasionally I attend work events with my husband where I know very few people. As I’m introduced to a person, the initial conversation may be slow. However, if it’s a woman and she mentions that she has children, we are usually off and running! If her children are older than mine, she can share her experience with me. If they’re younger, we can talk about the trials and joys moms of little ones face. If they happen to be the same age (and especially if she has a daughter!), it means we have plenty to discuss!
I believe that we can almost always learn something from a fellow parent about parenting. Certainly those who have steered their children through life stages we haven’t yet entered have wisdom they can share with us.
As mothers, we love our children and want the best for them. We’re all in the same boat, getting on-the-job training. Our methods or philosophies may differ at times, but at heart, we all want the same outcome – children who become happy, well-adjusted adults who are living out their life’s purpose. As Christians, we want to see our children whole-heartedly following the Lord as they grow.
Whenever we can, it’s worth the effort to connect with other moms and share our stories and struggles, each offering grace and support to the other as we travel this season of life in similar shoes.