How to Be a Good Activist and a Good Mom
as seen on DailyWorth
More mothers than ever are becoming politically active — and in today’s political climate, it’s no surprise.
We moms are not a monolithic group. But here’s what we do have in common: the will to get things done, and an innate need to be role models for our kids.
In my work with the nonpartisan organization All In Together Campaign, I work with mothers to tap into their inner political activist. As a mother myself, I know the name of the game is using your time effectively throughout your day, and civic engagement should be no different.
When it comes to balancing activism with being a mom, you hear the same questions over and over: How do I decide what to focus on? What is the most effective way to be engaged? Should my kids be involved? How should I deal with cynics? Here’s my take.
Focus on the Issues That Matter Most to You
There are so many issues that matter to moms — from education to women’s rights to health care to retirement policy. But time is our most precious resource, and it’s often in short supply.
Choose at most one or two issues you are passionate about, and dedicate your time to those topics.
Need to narrow it down further? Consider whether there are issues that you’re especially qualified to speak about based on your professional expertise or life experiences.
For example, if you work in medicine, health care is a logical choice and an area where you’ll have credibility if you meet with legislators. If your parents were asylum seekers, you have unique insight into refugee policy discussions.
Finally, if you need to further narrow your list, ask yourself which issues are most urgent and start there.
Model Civic Engagement for Your Kids
My parents took me canvassing when I was still in a stroller. From a young age, I understood that being politically informed — and engaged — is everyone’s responsibility. Today, I do the same with my children. One of my proudest moments this year was when my 7-year-old daughter organized a Vote for Hillary by Kids club at school after a classmate commented that, “All girls are stupid like Hillary.”
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Build Bridges With Those Who Disagree With You
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