One of my favorite parts of our weekly sessions in the Momidarity group is the round table highs/lows. This is where we go around and each person gets an opportunity to share something great, and something shitty from the week. And we all nod our heads in empathy at the shitty thing because we've likely been there. Or know we will be there, and we're already stressing about it!
But one of the great things about sharing the high, is that it gives moms an opportunity to brag about something that others outside of the "mom world" might think is mundane, when it's actually important and amazing.
Let me digress for a second and clarify that I am not in support of the passive aggressive mom brag, like when you tell a mom she's looking great and she responds with "You think? Well I don't exercise or watch what I eat, I've lost all the weight from breastfeeding!". I call BS. I'm referring to brags about those amazing milestones our kids reach that only a fellow mom can fully appreciate.
For example, it's hard to brag to Linda, your coworker with grown children, that your daughter did her first 5 hour stretch of sleep last night. While this coworker very likely got little sleep when she had young kids, it's been so long, she just doesn't get how EPIC a 5 hour stretch is!!! And you can't really gloat to Bob, the grocery store butcher, that little Henry rolled over for the first time. Yes, Bob the butcher will smile politely at this news, but it's your mom friends that can truly appreciate how exciting this development is.
These are incredibly important moments that deserve praise, and there is something so valuable about getting to share that with other people who actually get it. So go on mom, brag a little.