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Mother’s day can trigger most people for different reasons. It could be that they lost a child or are struggling to get children. Although most women try to maintain that smile and laughter, they’re suffering within. How can society approach and support childless women? How can we understand them and not question them unless they let us in their space?
In this episode, I share why mother’s day could be a trigger for some women.
Before having my daughter, I had been on an infertility journey without success, which took an emotional toll on me. Mother’s day was never appealing to me as it’s something I desperately wanted to be a part of.
In this session, I share the best approaches when dealing with childless women or those who’ve lost their kids. Tune in and learn how best we can treat women on their fertility journey or those undergoing child loss.
Live Well Tip of the Week: You don’t owe anyone any explanations.
A Quote from Our Guest: There are some things we shouldn’t ask. We just have to wonder about some things until the information is offered to us. Underneath the laugh and the smile could be a woman that’s hurting because of the journey they are on.
Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- My fertility journey and undergoing several rounds of medication which took an emotional and mental toll on me. The idea of mothers day wasn’t appealing till I got my daughter.
- Never ask someone when they will have kids. Although the question may seem harmless to you, you do not know what they are going through.
- With mothers day around, we need to be cognizant about those who are unable to celebrate.
- When you ask a woman who already has their first child when they will add another one, your inquiry might be a painful reminder of what they are struggling with or unable to do. It could even be a danger to their health.
- Everyone’s journey and experience are different, and not everyone gets to enjoy motherhood.
- One in five women struggle to get pregnant within the first year of trying, and you’re not alone in this process.
- Listen more than you speak. Be supportive and offer fewer suggestions. Be a reminder of their joy, not of the pain.
- Offer grace and space for that woman to feel however she feels when it comes to mothers day. Don’t force her to put on a happy face, don’t try to force her to appreciate what she has. She’s pretty aware of that. Let her be because those feelings are valid.
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