Aren’t moms amazing?
By: Sara Hodge
Mother’s Day. Despite what the retail world would have us believe, it’s not about diamond-encrusted heart shaped pendant necklaces. It’s about moms. It’s about the myriad of amazing things moms do, most of which go completely unnoticed. More specifically, it’s about honouring moms.
Kind of a no brainer, really, and not just something that should occur to us with the prodding of cheesy TV commercials once a year.
Honouring moms? Yes, let’s do that.
Let’s do it NOW.
And what is the best way to honour our moms? How about by no longer them?
Why do moms have haters, anyway?
For a society that supposedly reveres its’ mothers, you sure wouldn’t know it. On any given day, and at every turn, Moms are being judged by society, the press, and even other moms for the choices they make and there seems to be no acceptable action. The pressure to be a “mom enough” (whatever that means) and conform to countless, often conflicting, impossible standards is, frankly, suffocating. Agendas vary- some are monetary, some political and some personal in nature, but ALL of them are damaging. Somebody sit me down and explain to me how this is acceptable.
When you dishonour a mom, you dishonour all moms.
Do we all parent the same way? No. Do the vast majority of us do the things we do with our children’s best interests in mind? Yes.
Which of those two things matters?
Mother’s Day is not about expensive jewellery. It’s also not an appropriate time to criticize how we choose to feed our babies. It’s about celebrating and valuing the qualities moms strive to instill in their children: love, patience, acceptance, compassion. It’s about family and the best things in life being priceless moments.
As mothers, those are the gifts we give to the world. It’s NOT too much to ask for those things to be returned on us. Not only on one day of the year, but every day.
Honour the mothers in your life, and also the ones you don’t know. And may they honour you as well. I don’t know about you, but I have no time for the haters.
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.
My name is Sara Hodge and I’m the founder of Mums ‘n Chums. I’m also mom to two beautiful, busy little boys and lucky wife of a very understanding man. My passion is supporting and connecting moms and when I’m not doing that I’m usually working on some kind of overly ambitious side project (also for the purpose of supporting moms). I write the interviews and product reviews for Mums ‘n Chums and, when I get a rare moment to myself I sometimes get the chance to write an editorial.