Julie Cole: The Baby Machine


Why Do Moms Fight When We're All on the Same Side?

Mommy Wars Seem More Ridiculous the More We Hear About Them

A formula company recently launched an ad that has received quite a bit of buzz. It addresses the so-called “mommy wars” and reminds us that at the end of the day, we all want our kids to be safe and happy.

Have a look:

I completely understand that it’s meant to be funny. It’s a parody, after all. But I find the premise of this commercial troubling because, in the end, it still feeds into stereotypes. Do people really think mothers don’t have anything better to do than sit around and judge each other? Last I checked, we’re busy raising families, working, volunteering, and doing a thousand other productive things. I’m in the middle of raising six kiddos and have only felt supported, loved, and encouraged by the mothers around me. Certainly things can get a bit sketchy online – we’ve all seen some conversations go downhill fast, but we all know that online trolls have something to say about anything and everything. In real life, am I the only one feeling supported by my community of mommy friends?

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It leaves me wondering – does it depend on who you hang around with? Are some people more drama prone and, therefore, more likely to have this experience in motherhood? Maybe if you don’t welcome drama into your life, it doesn’t come?

OR, do I live an oblivious existence and just don’t notice I’m getting judged?

Either way, I’m sick of seeing hard-working loving moms being portrayed as a bunch of judgmental busy bodies.

What has your experience been? Do you feel supported or judged in your life? I think we all just need to keep an eye on the ball, and remember that everyone has the same goal:

Header Photo Credit: Caroline Burgess