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Compassion: A Side Effect of Being Around More in the Day?

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I worked full-time since going to university so being a full-time mummy has been strange to get used to over the past 7 years. I absolutely love being at home with Mia before she went to school and now Lottie. Being able to look after them and teach them new things about the world every day. We as a family wouldn’t have it any other way and I’m under no illusion that we are very fortunate and very lucky to be in this position! One of the main things I have learnt is compassion for others.

I have learnt a lot about myself since becoming a mummy and being out and about in the day I have discovered that I’m a pretty caring person. Now I know I wasn’t the Wicked Witch of the West but I don’t know whether I have always had this in me but not had a chance to show it properly or whether it has just become more apparent over the last year or so.

It seems strange but being around more in the day has forced me to become friendlier towards people, I now smile at strangers in the street and talk to people that I would normally not have had the time for. We all spend so much time rushing around all day that sometimes it’s difficult for us to just stop and talk to someone we wouldn’t normally.

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We get stopped a lot in the street, I don’t know whether it’s the fact Mia and Lottie both smile and talk to everyone but we really do! We literally can’t go into a shop without someone stopping to talk to us! The people I have met in shops that stop to talk to Mia and now Lottie, have made me realise that this is something we as people don’t do very often in ‘normal’ circumstance.

I come into contact with mostly older people and I may be the only person that they talk to in a day so me stopping for 2 minutes can only be a positive thing cant it? It seems to me that people don’t like to smile at others in the street anymore and people aren’t 100% sure of your intentions. When you do smile at them, they almost look confused and that shouldn’t be the case! It’s something that we should all do and shouldn’t be seen as strange or unusual.

I also feel I have the confidence to do things for other people and if I see someone in trouble, I don’t think twice now about helping them or asking them if they need help. Most of the time they don’t but I know that I would want to feel someone cared about me if I needed help.

Another interesting thing I have come to realise is that I know about things that go on in the Neighbourhood, positive and negative, and this has had an interesting effect on how I view the city I live in. Its Neighbourhood Watch 2020 style! I see what goes on in my immediate area and it means that I can keep an eye on anything negative but also be involved in local activities going on that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. This can be a bad thing sometimes as some of the negative things you don’t want to get involved in but it has opened my eyes into what life is like in the real world! I don’t want to turn into one of those nosy neighbours but it kind of just creeps up on you when you’re a full time mummy!

All in all, I’m very glad to have the opportunity to not only stay at home with Mia and Lottie but also learn a lot about myself and I really feel that I have grown as a person. So next time you have 2 minutes, maybe stop and talk to someone in the street or give them a smile as you may just make their day!


  • A Cornish Mum

    I do think becoming a parent softens you a bit 🙂 I’ve always talked to complete strangers, but then Cornish people do tend to!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    What a lovely realisation! I think being a SAH mum has made me a better person, definitely more grateful & in touch with what really matters. Thanks so much for joining us at #bloggerclubuk

  • Liz

    Becca, some really nice observations in this post. I am one of those people that stop and talk to the youngest generation (and their parents!) & yes it’s nice to talk to different folk occasionally.

    We live in a rural area of UK and although we ought to know what’s going on with our neighbours, we don’t, we mostly live on small farms and don’t really see much of our nearest neighbours. I miss that.


    • mummydaddymia

      Aww yes I know what you mean! I grew up in a really rural area but now live in a big city which I found difficult. I love stopping and talking to people now I have Mia 🙂

  • mommyslittleprincesses

    Such a lovely caring post. I have to agree it doesn’t cost us anything to smile at a passing stranger or even offer a friendly hello. I too find that people stop to chat to us in the supermarket because of the girls. xx #KCACOLS

  • Suburban Mum

    I think this is something we all do when we become parents! Your children instantly become a conversation starter which can really help when you are on mat leave when its just you and baby and you want some adult conversation!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday! x

  • bloodsugarecmomagik

    What a lovely post ? I agree, I think otherwise brings out a nicer more patient side of my personality too ? ?? #babybrainmonday xxx

  • nickykentisbeer

    I think you notice so much more when you have more time and are around during the day. We live in London but there is a real community feel here. Prior to having my daughter we hardly knew anyone but now it’s difficult to leave the house or go into town without bumping into someone which is great. Kids definitely open up a whole new world of people. It always amazes me how we commute every day and see the same people and no one speaks on the tube! I do now, you can’t help it when you have kids – I’m probably a commuters nightmare! Nicky x #KCACOLS

    • mummydaddymia

      Aww I know! You can’t blend into the background with a toddler asking embarrassing questions or talking to random people everywhere?!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller

    I’m on maternity leave at the moment and definitely speak to my neighbours a lot more than when I was working. It’s also funny how in different circumstances it feels easier to speak to other people. I was on a dog walk earlier this afternoon and said hello to everyone we passed. If I had been on my local high street I wouldn’t have done the same. I think people would have thought I was strange. May be they wouldn’t? I might try it 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • mummydaddymia

      No I totally agree with you! It’s funny how things are seen as normal in different environments! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Sleepingthroughyet

    I definitely agree with you on this. Since having children I talk to more people, and when I have the children with me I also feel more confident for some reason. On the odd occasion I am out by myself it’s back to head down and rushing along! KCACOLS

    • mummydaddymia

      Ahh it’s strange isn’t it how having children seems to empower us in this way! Iam not half as good in social situations on my own as Iam with Mia 🙂 thanks for commenting

  • Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Lovely that you are seeing your neighbourhood in a different way since having Mia. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

  • Alice @ The Filling Glass

    I think you are right being a SAHM/D does allow you to show your compassion more, but I think its not that you don’t have it before just that you think you don’t have time or also realise how important communication is, looking after another human being brings that out in you! xx #brilliantblogposts

    • mummydaddymia

      That’s very true! I suppose it’s the confidence and life experiences that having children being with them 🙂 thanks for commenting

  • mackenzieglanville

    I think you are so right some pope particularly the elderly just don’t get that interaction enough, they kind of get pushed aside in our busy lives and you stopping and letting them chat to Mia would make their day. You are clearly beautiful person. For the most part I find people usually smile and say hello when we pass in my community and it is lovely. #mummyandus

    • mummydaddymia

      Ahh thank you! Yes it’s amazing how when you make the effort to just smile as you pass, very often they will morning or hello! It’s gives you a nice feeling 🙂 thanks for commenting

  • Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    Ahhh that’s lovely post and so glad you get to spend it with your little mia who is so cute. It really does make us grown and see the world differently when we have babies. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  • Mrs Tubbs

    I’ll have to ask Rev T if being a SAHD made him more confident, but we did know alot more about our neighbourhood as a result as we were around much more. #sharewithme

  • dadbloguk

    Yes, I’d agree with you. Since becoming a SAHD I have become more compassionate although I think it’s also age and with it an increased level of confidence. #sharewithme

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