The Universal Language of Mom

Each day of this trip so far I have been struck by the fact that a mom is a mom is a mom. I am meeting so many mothers and after every interaction I keep thinking “she’s just like me.” I know this may seem like an obvious fact, but I sometimes forget. And when I forget, I stop caring about how other mom’s live around the world. I get caught up in my own mommyhood- complaining about having to load and unload my dishwasher, fold another pile of laundry and run errands all over town with my kids in tow. Mostly, I just get caught up in myself.

This morning I sat in a room with a group of moms who, with World Visions help, have learned a skill that has allowed them to earn an income for their family. Many of them were single moms without any resources until World Vision stepped in. They have been able to secure micro-loans and start businesses that will provide for their families for years. The sense of pride in these woman’s faces was astounding. They had their dignity restored.

One of the woman was asked, “How do you balance being a mom with your kids at home and growing your business?” A perfect question from a group of mommy bloggers trying to do this themselves. They responded:

“I try and work while they are napping”

“I put them in front of the TV with some crackers so I can work.”

“I try and work, but sometimes my kids come grab the scissors and I find them cutting up my fabric.”

“When my husband comes home, I tell him he has to make dinner so I can work.” (my personal favorite)

We all laughed and gave each other that look that moms give. The one that says, I know exactly what you are talking about. It didn’t matter that we didn’t speak the same language. We KNEW. And once again I was struck that we were all the same.

photo courtesy of Andrea at Mommy Snacks

Except not really. I don’t HAVE to work because my husband has left me and I am raising 4 children in the slums of a third world country. I have never even remotely worried about how I was going to put food on the table. I have a master’s degree and many skills I could use to earn an income. They barely even have an education.

As moms, we want so much to raise our kids and raise them well. We want to provide a safe and loving home. These moms want the exact same thing. But they honestly can’t do it without World Vision’s help. And World Vision can’t do it without your help. Won’t you consider sponsoring a child today?


  1. Wouldn’t it be SOMETHING to see these women selling those beautiful hand made items on Etsy?

    Just thinking…giving a mom a laptop is like teaching a man to fish….

    Beautiful post – keep ’em coming!
    .-= Maranne@Writer-Mommy´s last blog ..What Do You Want for Mother’s Day? =-.

  2. I know World Vision is big on the whole child sponsorship thing . . . but can people contribute directly to women’s groups like the one you visited?
    .-= Wendy (The Local Cook)´s last blog ..Rhubarb Muffins =-.

  3. That’s amazing. Isn’t it awesome to be able to relate in such a tangible way? I can’t wait to read more about your trip.

  4. It’s amazing that those mom’s responses were so similar to what we moms would say. But you’re right, there is truly a world of difference between their reality and ours. I already sponsor a child through Compassion, but I think it’s awesome what you are doing.
    .-= Esther (WellnessMom)´s last blog ..Ups and Downs =-.

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