There’s been a lot of talk of “squads” in recent years. Popularized by Taylor Swift and her celebrity friends, the idea of having a group of friends has taken on a whole new meaning.
For once, a popular movement has been based off a kind and caring trend. The whole notion is about female empowerment, women supporting one another and finding common goals. It’s such a positive concept – and not one that should be reserved for svelte mid-20s women with a proclivity towards PR-friendly relationships!
Motherhood is the defining rite of passage for a woman, but it can be an isolating time. It’s difficult if the majority of your existing friends are not yet mothers. But it’s also a time in your life in which you need support, someone to talk to and a way of sharing what’s happening with people who genuinely understand.
It then makes sense to commandeer the term for the mothers of the world: the Mom Squad.
What Should A Mom Squad Be?
A group of mothers who bond together over the shared experience of parenting. You can share ideas, the things you have gone through and support one another.
Why Do You Need One?
Motherhood can be isolating, especially if you’re a stay-at-home mom. If you build a support network around yourself, then you’re going to be stronger for it. Ultimately, it’s going to make you a better parent.
Does It Just Have To Be Moms?
Realistically, yes. That’s not to say you can’t be friends with the childless and childfree! Of course you can, and those friendships can bring plenty of wonder and enjoyment to your life. But this is specifically something focused on mothers. Moms will get it if you have to cancel plans at the last minute as your child has an ear infection; they will know when to send flowers, when you need a hug and what might be concerning. Childless friends might also, but sometimes, you need someone who has lived it rather than is just imagining it.
You don’t have to have just the one squad, after all. You can be part of a mom squad, a workout squad and a gardening squad at the same time. Different issues can be a chance to touch base with different squads.
Does Every Squad Need A Leader?
In sports, and in pretty much every arena where you have a team, each team seems to have its leaders. Sometimes they are appointed, and sometimes it just happens organically. Regarding your Mom Squad, it should always be the latter. Some people are simply more organized, more persuasive or more vocal. It makes sense to make use of these qualities when you do things as a group.
Your squad is different from a football team or a political party in that the main thing to unite you is love. You’re a group that hangs together because you want the best for each other. So it’s not a case of being confrontational or putting others down – it’s more about seeing that everyone in your squad feels supported and stronger together.
Do You Need A Squad Anthem Or Uniform?
No, that’s countries you’re thinking of there. It can’t hurt, though, so if you have something in mind you can at least have a vote on it.