I’m a mom to two girls myself, and I’m the mom who will drop everything to tend to a scraped knee or dole out a hug when one of them is hurt or upset. Approximately 98% of my time is spent comforting my kids when they’re sad or mad or hurt or even just faking it for some extra mom-love. And I am perfectly fine with that. In fact, it’s one of the my favorite parts of being a mom. Only I can make them feel better, and I love that they know that I am their safe place. While I don’t have sons, I am confident that if I did, I would do the same for them. Jaime Sullivan did and does, and an offhand comment from a stranger during one of those comforting moments got her all fired up.
There is no difference between boys and girls when it comes to loving our kids and making sure they’re OK. None. Children need to feel safe, they need to feel loved, and when they’re hurting or scared, they need to be comforted and cared for. What is this obsession people have with forcing our sons to fend for themselves? Why is tending to a boys needs considered “babying” him? Jaime Sullivan asked the same question in a Facebook post after hearing what that stranger said.