Handwritten Letters Of Encouragement For New Mamas

Handwritten Letters Of Encouragement For New Mamas

Earlier this month, new mothers in the UK ‘felt the love’ when they found notes of encouragement left hidden in various locations by a kind stranger.

The handwritten notes were placed around York city centre in an attempt to reach out to brand new mamas who might be finding the first few months of motherhood difficult.

Handwritten Letters Of Encouragement Left For New Mamas

Ren Benson wanted to reach out to other parents to tell them they were doing a great job.

Her baby is 10 months old, and she knows only too well how relentless motherhood can be.

The twenty notes were sealed in envelopes which read ‘To a mother (yeah, you)’, and contained an important reminder that the reader was doing a good job.

As well as letting new parents know it was perfectly ok to hide out in the bathroom for a few minutes’ peace, the note said:

“I just wanted to say hey, this mumming gig is tough, but you keep showing up every day”.

Benson was inspired to leave the notes after seeing other mothers carrying out random acts of kindness in the non-judgemental online group, The Motherload.

Mothers are encouraged to reach out to others, perform random acts of kindness and offer help. They use the hashtag #LoveAnotherMother when they do something for other mamas.

In a society where people are busy and it can be hard to find your tribe, #LoveAnotherMother is exactly what we need.

Motherhood isn’t always cuddles and kisses and naps. Sometimes it’s poo under your fingernails, bone-aching exhaustion, and red-faced crying (the baby and you).

On those days, it’s nice to be reminded you’re not alone. Other mothers are going through the same things you are.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? Even better, have  you performed one yourself? Will you be joining the #LoveAnotherMother campaign?

If you want to support other new mamas and make a difference, check out the New Mama Code.

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Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.

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