AE Heart & Soul | Megan Cobb from Fried Okra

I came across this post a week or so ago and I've thought about it multiple times since then: "Dear Mom On The iPhone, I Get It."

I've been the one judging. I've been the one judged. I'm pretty sure we all have.

My comment was this, "Bring on a life of compassion and kindness."

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

21 thoughts shared

  1. Cheryla

    2013-03-22 04:30:47 -0700

    Thank you soooooo much for sharing this link.

    I've read many articles about being involved in our kids life, always making me feel like I'm doing something wrong. Reading this article gives me back my self esteem - I now realize that it's all okay - I'm doing fine.

    So thank you!

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  2. Brandi

    2013-03-22 05:35:12 -0700

    Loved that.

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  3. Gina

    2013-03-22 06:18:44 -0700

    Thank you for sharing that. Reminds me to never judge a book by its cover.

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  4. Cathy L.

    2013-03-22 06:54:40 -0700

    What a great post, thanks for sharing. We sometimes are way too quick to judge people, but we have no idea what their "story" is.

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  5. Karina K

    2013-03-22 07:06:12 -0700

    Thanks for sharing that link Ali! It was really great to read!! I don't have kids yet but I always feel like I get those stares for always being on my phone. But I run my side business (I work full-time as well) almost purely on my iPhone. Without it I wouldn't be able to make any extra money while my partner is unemployed. I love the idea of looking at it from the other side versus just judging someone.

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  6. Melissa

    2013-03-22 07:46:06 -0700

    As a woman who is single and doesn't have any children, my reaction to the original FB post was one of agreement. Thank you for sharing this post also as it serves as a reminder to "assume the best and react with grace" to everyone around me; not just moms on iPhones. If we all stop assuming the worst in others, this world would undoubtedly be a better place.

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  7. lee

    2013-03-22 07:57:35 -0700

    While I was visiting a dear friend last weekend, she and I were talking about this very article and just how true it is. While I think that all people - men and women, parents and non - could benefit from less time using technology, I was so glad to see the author address the many ways in which technology makes our lives fuller and richer, especially when it comes to maintaining relationships with those we don't live near.

    And as others have commented above, I think this article is amazing for no other reason than this - it reminds us not to judge one another.

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  8. Deb J

    2013-03-22 08:10:09 -0700

    She really says it well.

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  9. April

    2013-03-22 08:48:07 -0700

    Thank you for sharing this again, Ali. It's so good to see that we all struggle with the same forces yet we are all striving to be our very best no matter what that might mean. When I start feeling guilty that I'm not doing enough for my children, I often think about the little beings they have become, the good (most of the time :o)) and delightful children that they are...I am reminded that I must be doing something right as I navigate this path of motherhood. Yes, I have been one to judge which I am working on and yet acknowledge that I am only human and it will happen. We are all doing our best and sometimes we aren't, which is ok too. Personally, I think we need to cut ourselves and others some slack. Enjoy the journey and all the many imperfections it holds. In the end...our children will survive if we happen to spend time on the iPhone.

    Happy weekend to you!

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  10. Judi

    2013-03-22 09:42:38 -0700

    Love this - almost didn't read the whole thing -- glad I did -- thanks Ali

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  11. jennifer

    2013-03-22 10:50:00 -0700

    Great link Ali - I've already forwarded to 5 friends - LOVE!!

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  12. Barb

    2013-03-22 10:50:13 -0700

    thanks for sharing-loved it

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  13. Michellejeanne

    2013-03-22 12:58:49 -0700

    Thank you!

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  14. Erin H

    2013-03-22 13:18:59 -0700

    What a great piece to share. Thank you.

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  15. Megan Cobb (FriedOkra)

    2013-03-22 13:25:44 -0700

    Thank you so much for sharing this post, and thanks to your readers for all the love and support! I'm thankful so many of us could find a bit of freedom in what I wrote.

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  16. Malissa

    2013-03-22 18:02:53 -0700

    Thx for sharing. I judge too quickly and this was a great reminder!

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  17. J3SS1C4

    2013-03-22 18:25:13 -0700

    I discovered this a week or so ago, and although I'm not a Mum, I think it's a sweet post! I think we can all be a bit judgemental at times, and this is a nice reminder that you don't know what someone else is going through at any point, so you shouldn't judge them for it! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Tanya W

    2013-03-23 00:25:28 -0700

    An awesome read - thanks for sharing and reminding me not to be judgemental or feel judged myself when I am doing my best as a mother and wife.

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  19. Kathy L

    2013-03-23 08:14:06 -0700

    Thank you for sharing. For some reason it had me sobbing. Maybe because of the guilt we feel ourselves over everything we try to accomplish as Moms.

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  20. Corbi

    2013-03-23 11:16:24 -0700

    Thank you Ali for posting this. As a mom with a son with autism I have been judged far to often. But it taught me early on not to judge and to have compassion. Great post.

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  21. Jenn

    2013-03-24 08:21:42 -0700

    Megan is a dear friend of mine, I have known her for years! I am so excited that you found your way to her blog, and that you are endorsing her post here. She deserves all the recognition that she can get. Her heart is amazing.

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