Being a mother is one of the toughest things I've ever done. It’s foregoing everything from meals to outings to vanity and sleep, working long hours and never taking a sick day. Sure, we have Mother’s Day to get a little acknowledgement, but that’s for all mamas and mama-figures. What about the new moms, though? The ones who aren’t sure they're doing parenting "right"? How often do we thank them for the hard work they’re putting in? Honestly, there are some things you should thank a new mom for, because you know they sure could use the kind words.
I know that my first days, weeks, and even months as a new mom were difficult and rarely included a "thank you." Babies don’t exactly learn how to write their mothers thank you cards or give them hugs and kisses. So, in the middle of all those diaper changes and feedings and nap schedules and late-nights and every other exhausting aspect of motherhood, it’s sometimes difficult to gauge how well you’re doing, or to ever get any of that encouragement we so often need and crave.
I was fortunate that my husband would often say a simple,“thank you" and usually when he realized I needed it the most. You know, phrases like, “You’re doing a good job,” and “yYou’re a good mother,” really did go a long way back then. Hell, they go a long way even now, years later. But in case you’re trying to figure out why you should be taking the time to stop and thank a new mom, here's a few talking points for you, because a little acknowledgment and encouragement can make all the difference.