I’m a mom.
I’m an advocate.
One was planned, the other wasn’t.
Wanna guess which is which?
My every day regular life is crazy, full of car lines, gasping at dirty rooms, juggling three little people who consume a lot of goldfish crackers and produce piles of laundry.
Being an advocate for orphans and those in extreme poverty has made me a better mother.
- In America, with all our convenience and comfort, I think we forget how good we have it. We take education, accessibility to medical care, clean water for granted. Perspective is the greatest gift I can give my kids.
- I let things go that don’t matter. I don’t nag (as much) about messy rooms and home repairs. Because what I have is enough.
- I value life more because I’ve seen too much preventable death. Life is so fragile.
Being a mother has made me a better advocate.
- I view the orphan crisis through the lens of motherhood. How can I not? I want the best for my kids and basic necessities are a given in my neighborhood. I want every mom in every third world country to have clean water, education about breastfeeding, help when their baby is dying of diarrhea.
- We are nurturers by nature, compassionate by design. I think we make the best advocates!
- Mothers are queen multi-taskers. Enough said.
Bottom line: How do we advocate with our families as moms without sacrificing them for our cause:
Balance is crucial. The last thing I want to do is raise my kids with a guilty complex, forcing down dinner because I’ve seen starving kids.
- Involve your kids, but don’t ever force it.
- Take a break when you sense resentment.
- Live a life of compassion in front of your children, show them compassion.
- Pray together about your passion.
- Allow them to have ownership and allow them the freedom to not take ownership.
Are you an advocate for a cause close to your heart?
This is your chance.
How do you balance it all?