And the Facebook posts started - Photos of stuff the fur babies bought for their "mommies" (Yes, that means pets "bought" for their owners.) Posts to people who are role models to other women as far as being nurturing but still never having their own children. Posts by people of both genders who have never had children, but are so far removed from what the holiday is supposed to be about that they try to find a way to make it about them. If you don't have human children, Mother's Day is NOT about you! Get over it and stop hijacking the ONE day we get a nationwide acknowledgment for all that we are and all that we do. We willingly sacrifice, if that's even the right word, for our children. Don't make us give this up too for the sake of making everyone else happy, yet again, because you know darn well that we would.
According to history.com, "The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood." That's right people! The holiday is to honor women who raise children.
Being a mother of a human child is nowhere near the same as having a pet. My apologies to the pet people who think there isn't much difference. There is, and there is no way you could know unless you actually raised a child so trust me that this mother of four knows what she is talking about. The immense degree of love, responsibility, and joy is something you can't possibly understand until you give birth to or adopt a child yourself. Mother's Day is a day of solidarity for all of us who understand that.
To all of the moms out there - I hope you all have a wonderful day to reflect on how important you are and spend some time with your beautiful families. We are raising the future, and there is no job more important than that!
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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