5 Easy Ways to Encourage a New Mom
As a new mother, I was on the receiving end of some really sweet encouragement. I remember the feelings of gratitude, of wanting to pay it forward- and I remember how hard it was to do much of anything, beyond taking care of my baby at that time.
I looked forward to the time when I would get to be the one giving encouragement. I didn’t want to forget how much of a need there is, for new moms to be showered with God’s love, through the encouragement of friends, in those early days of motherhood. It’s a precious time. It’s also an emotional and difficult time.
@@If you know a new mom, and you’re looking for ways to encourage her, here are 5 easy tips!@@
1. Listen. Acknowledge that motherhood is really hard. New mothers need grace. They need a safe person who will listen without judgment more than they need advice.
2. Bring them a meal. Alleviating the pressure of planning, shopping, and cooking is a great gift. It has never been easier to arrange meals for new moms. My favorite way to organize meals for new moms is by using the app called Take Them A Meal.
3. Pray for them (and let them know it). I have a friend who’s a great source of encouragement to me through her prayers. She sends me quick text messages once a week, reminding me that she’s praying and asking if there’s anything specific that she can pray about. She told me at the beginning of the year that she had made a commitment to pray for me each week. What an incredible blessing she is!
4. Be specific in your offers of help. When my kids were younger, my husband and I had a wonderful group of friends who would offer to watch our kids for us if we wanted. When an offer was open-ended, though, it felt really awkward to ask. I really loved it when someone would say, “Hey, I don’t have plans on ____. If you need some time away, I would be happy to come over and babysit for a couple of hours.”
5. Share words of encouragement. Send an encouraging card. Texting or sending messages through social media allows a new mom, whose sleep schedule is probably a little crazy, to stay in touch with friends…when it’s convenient for them. If you’re looking for things to say to your friend, here’s a great list from Rachel Wojo.
I know there are many more ways to encourage a new mom. These suggestions I’ve shared are ones that personally meant a lot to me. Maybe, as you read this list, you thought of something else that somebody did to encourage you as a new mom. I would love to read about it in the comments.