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Seeing Ribbons on Mums’ Bags and Buggies? Here’s What They Mean

Being a parent is a beautiful journey, but it’s not without its challenges. It’s a full-time job that can be stressful, tiring and lonely at times. Most parents find themselves struggling to keep up with the demands of parenting, feeling overwhelmed and in need of someone to talk to who can relate to their experiences. However, finding someone to share your concerns with is not always easy. A mum recently found herself in this exact situation and came up with a beautiful idea that has since sparked a wonderful movement – the Mum Ribbon Movement.

Child psychologist and mother of three, Anna Mathur, started the Mum Ribbon Movement after sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram. Her post went viral, and she has since received an “immense” response to her ribbons. Essentially, the idea is to tie a ribbon or scarf to your handbag or pushchair to signify to other mothers that you are happy to help if they are in need, whether that’s offering a hug, a spare nappy, or just a friendly chat.

Anna’s inspiration for the Mum Ribbon Movement came from a moment when she wished someone had been able to do this for her. She was juggling three kids down the high street, and one of them was screaming while the other two were lagging behind. She felt utterly depleted and was fighting back tears. She looked around and saw strangers, other mums, families, and people on their own. She wished that she could have turned to someone for a kind word, a warm smile, or an extra hand to distract a child.

As a psychotherapist working with mothers, Anna understands how maternal mental health issues are on the rise, and loneliness is a huge part of that. She knows that sometimes, what stops us from offering help is that there have been times when we have felt like a failure. However, she believes that we need to be there for one another and that small gestures can make a significant impact. The Mum Ribbon Movement is a reminder that we are not alone, and we can support each other through challenging times.

Anna said, “We look around and we see strangers, yet we are united in so many of these feelings.” The Mum Ribbon Movement is an invitation to all mums to show support, kindness and empathy towards each other. It’s a simple yet beautiful idea that can make a massive difference to someone’s day. The ribbons have become a symbol of hope, a reminder that we are in this together, and that we can rely on each other for support. Let’s spread the word and make the Mum Ribbon Movement a part of our lives.

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