There's one thing that struck me about becoming a mom. It makes you raw to the world. I mean you always knew that there was hate, conflict, war and injustice before becoming a mom. But something happens. You start to feel a connection, a personal responsibility to make the world a better place.
Once you become a mom, your heart is connected to all moms. It doesn't matter what city or what country you are from. We connect. When a mom hurts, we all hurt.
Right now, we are all hurting and filled with the sadness for Orlando. We are sad for the lost lives due to hate. We are broken hearted to our core for the loss of that poor little boy at Disneyworld.
There is no band aid. There is no fix. All I can share is a virtual hug. I'm sending each one of you my heart of a mom. Where there is sadness, there is also light. Look at the love and support of those around you. Hug your kids tight. Be grateful for the chaos of the day. As moms, let's be the light and the love that this world needs. And as Mr. Rogers said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Remember, it's ok to show your kids that you are sad. Be as open with your kids as possible (of course appropriate for their age). Then we show them how we can be the strength and love for them, and for the world. It will spread.