If you haven’t had a chance to see the children’s film Mars needs Moms I suggest that you sit down and watch it.
I had the opportunity this past weekend to catch part of it and since I’m a sucker for children’s films I can always tune in and appreciate the humor and perspective.
This film however hit me on a different level. The sentiment that I felt watching the movie almost brought me to tears. My conclusion after watching this movie is that it’s not Mars that needs Moms it’s US. If you have a chance to watch it are you able to notice the parallel with how our current society is structured? Sure, it’s just a movie – but it can make you think.
You see when you are pushed to be Super Woman which we all are as women; especially when we become moms sometimes your priorities get mixed up.
I remember when I was pregnant with my son how much pressure there was to bounce back and return to work without missing a step. And, if that was the challenge I was up to it. I never missed a beat.
Until I had a chance to sit home with my second son and I realized how much I really had missed. I’m lucky I’m a sucker for pictures because even moms who tell me they were there every minute admit they too forget.
But the movie makes a point – a BIG point.
No one asked my son how he felt when I left to go back to work after six weeks; I just assumed he would be ok because I was “needed” somewhere else.
I am not sure who came up with this policy? But, it’s INSANE! If we believe in family then maybe we should learn some lessons from Norway and Sweden. They have up to a year of maternity leave for the mother AND father combined!
That’s awesome! Because in my opinion there is nothing more in the world a newborn needs than the love of both his parents to help him reach for the stars.
Live and Learn. We all Do.