How about using the term “Wars” a little less often.
I surf the net looking for insightful articles to post relevant to parenting. I think about what I want to read, what moves me, and the questions that I hear others asking in my life. So as I sat looking for inspiration, I noticed a theme- “Mommy Wars,” “Daddy Wars,” and “Let’s Have a War on Football.” These were some of the headlines I read. I know it’s a catch phrase that lures readers in, but with all of the turmoil going on around the world maybe we should pick a new word.
The rise of social media has caused many to speak their minds in new ways. But the truth is sometimes it makes more sense to keep quiet. Remember when your mother told you “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Or simply “Bite your tongue.” The dialogues have become so heated and at times hurtful. It makes me cringe. And I think, we are modeling appropriate ways to interact with others for our children. Let me say that again-WE ARE MODELING APPROPRIATE WAYS TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS FOR OUR CHILREN.
As we get ready to say good bye to 2015, let’s all make a pact to be a bit more thoughtful. Let’s be kind to others both in person and in print. Let us show our children how to create opportunities for peace in our communities. And let’s try to end “the Wars” because it is simply not necessary.