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Can Empty Nesters help Full Nesters?

Article by Fabafterfifty

‘Can Empty Nesters help Full Nesters?’ Jessica Chivers certainly hopes so!!
“Mother the Mother”
It’s been said that “it takes a village to raise a child”, that we “get by with a little from our friends” and that a “happy mother mothers a happy home” which is why Jessica is  starting this call to action to get the UK mothering mothers. She needs your help to get this “MOTHER THE MOTHER” movement moving. With families being increasingly dispersed, young mothers don’t all have the luxury of having their own mothers on hand to help out.
So, if you’ve become an empty nester but want to put your parenting skills to good use, why not help take the pressure off a young mothers or give them that little bit of breathing space

Take action today to care for a mother you know

How can you get involved? According to Jessica its simple : take an action today to care for a mother you know. She will be pleased even if a little taken aback, embarrassed or initially insistent that ‘you needn’t have done that.’ Forget the protestations or thinking that she doesn’t need help because all mothers can do with extra help.
To make it a little easier Jessica has produced a set of “Mother the Mother” vouchers that you can download, print out, fill in and pass to three mothers you know. If you’re feeling particularly abundant you could go wild and help four, five or ten mothers out. Let there be no bounds to what we can do here.
Jessica has many ideas on her website of how you can ‘Mother the Mother’ ranging from picking the children up from school one day a week offering to babysit so she can find time for a coffee with friends to helping to taking a ready cooked meal round to put in the freezer, or simply just being there as someone a young mother can talk to. Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook!
Jessica’s Mother the Mother project is all  about looking after the (on average) most exhausted, over-worked demographic of our society: mothers of little ones.
So if you are an emptynester with some time on her hands and some experience to share, join in. Full details can be found at http://jessicachivers.com/resources/mother-campaign/

Jessica Chivers is the Thinking Woman’s Coach. She was Look magazine’s first ‘Life Consultant’ columnist and is regularly on theradio and in print dishing out zesty comment to inspire women in magazines


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  1. ntathu allen

    December 4, 2011

    What a wonderful idea. I look at my own family and see how some of my younger cousins are coping and i want to do more to support them as I know how demanding parenting is. Thx for reminder and keep up heartfel work. Hugs

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