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#EndMommyWars Will Make You Cry Like an Idiot & Think Before You Judge That Mom (VIDEO)

#EndMommyWarsThey say the tongue has the power of life and death, and my how that's true. One area that gets tough criticism is parenting, and it often comes from a fellow mom. In an effort to #EndMommyWars, a new documentary is taking a hard look at the judgment moms receive -- and how we can be a part of the solution instead of the problem.

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Seriously, this is one of the best things you'll see, and it definitely needs more sharing and discussion. So many mothers feel beaten down by the harsh words of others -- many times, coming from their own camp -- and need to know they're doing a good job.

#EndMommyWars is a passion project that captures real-life moms coming together to discuss judgment they've received. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade, and in partnership with Similac, the viral documentary is both honest and so moving.

It's extremely hard to watch this video and not get emotional. There's a good chance you've either been in one of these mothers' shoes, have been judgmental, or know someone who experienced a similar situation.

Breastfeeding vs. using formula (PS: Kudos, Similac, for promoting both!); staying at home vs. working for an employer -- the list of "hot-button topics" is unfortunately never-ending.

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Look, not giving your opinion about something can be extremely difficult, but there's a difference between offering constructive criticism (sometimes it's better to say nothing at all) and trying to tear someone down. I'm in no way perfect, and I can fall short when it comes to being critical -- generally speaking. Yet, I do my best to be a better listener and offer words of encouragement.

At the end of the day, none of us has any clue about the battles people are fighting behind closed doors. We need to taste our words before they leave our mouth.

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The beauty of motherhood is its diversity. Whether or not you parent your child in the same manner as someone else, we can all come together in our community to recognize our common goals: trying to raise a kind child with as much love as we can give him or her.

#EndMommyWars now.

 

 

Image via Similac US/YouTube

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