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Why Moms Should Be Talking About The News
The life of a mom, especially a stay at home mom is really isolating. Your focus is on your children and what’s going on with them so often that you lose track of current events and many times are no longer an adult, but just a mom. It’s important though not to fall into the abyss of motherhood. Moms should be talking about the news.
Staying up with current events
The most important reason moms should be talking about the news is that this is an election year. Now I won’t go into my political opinions because I try to follow the old adage of not talking money or politics with my friends, but really, it’s important for moms to stay on top of what’s going on in the political playing fields on the local, state and national levels.
Even if you’re not completely committed to paying attention to all the issues, there are laws made every day by politicians that dictate a lot about what goes on in our daily lives, including: healthcare and the department of education. These are things that affect us as adults and mothers and we need to be in the know if we are going to help take care of our families.
Being more than a mom
A second reason moms should be talking about the news is that we need to have a list of topics to talk that includes more than just what brand of diapers use and tantrums. I don’t know how many times I go to talk to another mom at school or at karate lessons and the only subject that comes to mind is that my kid is potty training or that they had a melt down in the middle of a store. Who wants to hear that? Yes, it may be an initial connection you have with someone like you, but really is that all you want your life to be? A long list of mommyhood vents?
Even if it’s forced at first, you should be talking about the news and I mean more than just knowing what’s going on with the Kardashians or Outlander (although I do love that show). You can bond with other moms over your horror stories or your moments of triumph, but really you need to branch out from kid subjects and mom subjects if you really want to feel like you’re more than a mom.
Where do you get your news?
Today’s prompt was: where do you get your news?
So where do I get my news? Sadly most of it comes from shares on Facebook. The number one reason for this is that I’m ususally on my laptop, a Kindle Fire Tablet, or my iPhone. I know it’s probably not the most reliable source for getting my news, but really, knowing what my friends are talking about does help me connect with other people. My friends on the east coast or overseas are always opening my eyes to new things by posting what’s going on in their world.
I also believe that talking about the news will help when it’s time to no longer be a stay at home mom. By knowing current events and being more than a mom you’ll have an easier time getting back into a normal adult life that you had before kids.
How do you work on staying up to date with current events? Are you being more than a mom (or parent)?
Prompts are from the BlogHer.com Writing Lab June 2016