From One Mother to Another
Last week, my daughters' school celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week.
This week, I want to write about Mother Appreciation.
Not about appreciating your own mother, or even about your kids appreciating you.
I’m talking about recognizing the value of other moms you know.
In October of 2013, I read a blog post on Kveller titled, “Tell A Friend: You Are a Good Mama.” The author encouraged mothers to put an end to the “Mommy wars” by supporting each other for the things they do well, rather than judging and criticizing.
The post went viral and struck a nerve with so many women — because everyone wants to feel appreciated.
I'd like to take an opportunity here to recognize some of the moms I know.
To my friend who's pursuing her PhD while raising three kids – I admire that you're always striving to learn more about your field of study. I also marvel at how attentive you are to your children despite your busy schedule.
To my friend with a special needs child – I notice how hard you're working to juggle the demands of parenting, and you do it with grace. Your strength and devotion to your kids are an inspiration to me.
To my friend who lost her mother at an early age – I can only imagine how hard it's been to raise your daughter without the support and guidance of your own mom. You're doing an amazing job.
To my friend whose teenage son doesn't talk to her – I'm in awe of how you're constantly trying to improve yourself and grow from this experience, and that you continue to love your son unconditionally.
Take a moment right now and think of three or four moms you know. What do you admire about them? What qualities do you see in them that you regard highly? What do they accomplish despite their challenges?
This Mother's Day, pay it forward to other moms and let them know you notice them. Tell them you think they’re doing an incredible job at this whole parenting thing. Be specific and give examples of why you admire or respect them. Then tell us about it in the comments below.
Imagine if we did this for each other all the time.
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