Decisions are made by those who show up

Here’s the dirty secret of mom-ing that no one tells you. It’s not a TED talk or a PTA agenda item. No one at a support group tells you this and it’s not a hot topic at play dates- becoming a mom means becoming an advocate. We advocate all the time for our kids. We do it with our families, their schools, other parents, sometimes even other kids. Consider the conferences, conversations, or coffees when you’ve been a defender or champion of your kids’ behavior or attitude. We also teach. Think of those quiet conversations with her reminding her how strong she is, or those snuggles with him telling him that he is ready for the coming day. We teach them how to navigate the world and, in doing that, we are raising advocates.

So, it’s in you already. You are ready to be an advocate- ready to lend your voice and a little bit of time to a cause. Decisions are made by those who show up. But we’re moms and we’re some of the most dynamic people on Earth. So sometimes, showing up is in car line or in between conference calls. 5 minutes is plenty to advocate for a safer Delaware. Can you write a quick letter to your representative to let them know that common sense gun legislation might mean the difference between life and death for someone in our community? Join one of our groups or email me to get started.

Advocates come in all shapes and sizes and they come in all time commitments- 5 minutes or 5 hours- we’ve got a job for you. Show up. It feels amazing and you'll be great at it.

Sarah Stowens, parent and professor, is the Delaware Chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She graduated with a BA in sociology from Occidental College and MA in Education from New York University. Outside of work, she loves time with her family and friends, is an avid reader and coffee drinker.

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