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International Women’s Day for New Mums

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) and as a new Mum, this day is as important as it’s ever been. In previous years you may have raised a glass to all the fabulous women who have gone before you, or you may have gone to a swanky International Women’s Day breakfast, or corporate lunch with inspirational speakers, and left with take home goody bags. But being at home with a baby limits you somewhat, as not many IWD functions cater for mothers and babies.

And while IWD may not feel all that relevant this year, as you tend to the needs of your baby within the four walls of your house, it’s more relevant than ever. Making a positive difference for women now and in the future begins at home. And if you’re charged with the job of rearing the next generation, this is where you can make the biggest difference.

When you’re deep in the trenches of baby-wrangling, it probably feels a million miles away from changing the world. Indeed, sometimes we are made to feel like our work at home doesn’t count for much. Yet the hope always lies with the next generation – the generation that you are lovingly tending to.

You may not be marching the streets, or changing policy as you rock your baby to sleep, or lie on the floor and play blocks with them, or cuddle them through a tough teething phase, but the love you show in these early days goes a long way to raising compassionate and caring human beings.

As your children grow, you can teach your sons to stand beside the women in his life and uphold fair and equal treatment of his sisters. You can teach your daughters to speak out against unfair treatment or inequality. But more importantly, we can teach our children how to respect themselves and each other, we can show them what healthy boundaries are, and how to live compassionately.

These may seem like small things, but these small things are what will drive change. With each day,  each nappy changed, each bottle or breast feed given, each comfort cuddle, each act of love, cultivates a better world for everyone to live in. The next generation of men and women who are raised with love and respect as their guiding principals is what will make the biggest difference.

So as you tend to your child on International Women’s Day, know that you are actually making a monumental difference.

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