And in a world today where we face complex global issues that seem to divide us more than unite us, we need the individual and collective power of moms to lead the way.
“I’m just a mom.”
I’ve heard this phrase from a lot of different moms in a lot of different places. Each time I hear it, I’m taken aback. Just a mom? I wish I could have the power of just a mom. Moms are superheroes. They’re expert problem-solvers with a unique intuition and foresight that, more often than not, we dads don’t possess. Moms tackle tough problems and find answers that bring people together. And in a world today where we face complex global issues that seem to divide us more than unite us, we need the individual and collective power of moms to lead the way.
If I needed to come up with effective and collaborative solutions to difficult challenges, I’d bring together a room full of moms. This is exactly what the smart people at Moms +SocialGood did recently, and I was lucky enough to be one of the only dads in a room filled with hundreds of moms. There was a palpable energy at the event, as important issues and their associated progress were discussed by mothers from around the world: infant mortality rates are down, the number of girls being educated is up and access to life-saving vaccines is spreading. It was inspiring.
We have one home, and it’s this planet. Once you become a parent, every child becomes your child.
But there’s still a long way to go, and moms alone can’t solve all of today’s global challenges. Dads can’t do it by themselves either. And neither can kids. It’s going to take all of us putting our minds and hearts together to build a brighter future. That’s why the Moms +SocialGood event coincided with the launch of the Global Moms Relay, a digital campaign to raise money and support for a healthy planet and happy families. Until June 16, parents, community leaders, experts and even celebrities will share their personal stories via social media on what they wish were true for every family, everywhere. Every time we like, tweet, comment or share one of these posts, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 — up to $500,000 — to causes that help improve the health and wellbeing of families worldwide.
As a featured speaker at Moms +Social Good, Oscar-nominated actor, activist and mother-of-two Laura Dern said, “We have one home, and it’s this planet. Once you become a parent, every child becomes your child.” I couldn’t agree more. Building a brighter global future starts with the idea that family can be more than who you go home to each day. There should be a seat at the global kitchen table for everyone.
So, while I’ll never be able to say, “I’m just a mom,” I’ll follow the lead of Simon Isaac — co-founder of Fatherly.com and a fellow dad in a room full of moms at this year’s event — and recommit to doing my part…as just a dad. That’s a title, and responsibility, and privilege…and a lot of work!…that I cherish.