This week something amazing happened: my post To the Furious Mom In the Target Parking Lot went viral. As of now, it has 125K likes on the Huffington Post and 6.5K shares on Brain, Child where it first published. I also was interviewed on HuffPost Live along with the awesome Carin Kilby Clark who spoke about her piece 3 Ways I Regularly Invade My Teenager’s Privacy. You can watch the interview here (I’m on at about the 9 minute mark).
If you haven’t read To the Furious Mom, it’s about me witnessing a mom leaving Target empty handed except for the melting down child in her arms and her three other kids scurrying behind her. She was furious. She yelled. She was a little rough with her boy. But instead of judgement, I felt compassion. I totally got it. I realized that her anger was my anger, too. We’ve all been there.
The great thing about a piece of writing reaching so many people is the response that comes with it. So many moms — and a few dads — have shared their stories with me both in the comments section of the Huffington Post and here on my blog. I am so touched by people’s willingness to share their most vulnerable moments and in some cases, their most regretful. It is so powerful and comforting to know that we are not alone in our hardest parenting experiences.
When the piece first published on Brain, Child I had this great Twitter exchange with my new friend Megan:
For me, supporting another mom when I see her struggling and accepting help when I need it most is what can make all the difference in parenthood. Let’s be each other’s wingmen.
Thanks so much for reading and sharing.