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Happy Mother’s day to all our moms. Today we celebrate the unmatched and superhuman strength of mothers. Motherhood comes in many forms from biological to adoptive to a grandparent caregiver to legal guardian to working mom to stay at home mom to single mom to military mom and so much more.
Every mother is different and has their own strengths and weaknesses, but we want to applaud you and encourage you for all you do.
Raising a child is the most vulnerable, life-giving, exhausting, and worry-filled adventure we can go on. From the extreme highs to the devastating lows, it can feel indescribable. But our legacies are the children we love and support so that they can live a life of joy and meaning.
On this Mother’s Day we are celebrating a few of the many strengths of moms. Today is a day to just honor and acknowledge who you are day in and out. No need for tips, tricks, or advice today as you are enough, mom.
You deserve to be applauded for the emotional weight you carry in your home. It can be hard to be the emotional reservoir for an entire family. It can seem that you are always worrying about something as a mom whether it’s managing their schedule, academics, nutrition, health care, transportation, sleep, etc. Sometimes the constant thoughts and the emotional weight can take a toll on you and all you can do is just sit on the couch in mental exhaustion. This is no sign of weakness when you consider the strength and endurance it requires to constantly carry and nurture your family’s needs.
The physical strength needed to be a mother is nothing short of extraordinary. From the physical expense of carrying a child in the womb and the physical changes that your body undergoes while nurturing your baby’s life to the physical demands of carrying, bathing, cleaning, feeding your child and managing your household. Sleep often becomes a long lost friend from sleepless nights caring for your infant to catching up on “me time” or other tasks while the kids are in bed. There is nothing like the physical strength of a mother to overcome these hurdles in order to provide for the needs of herself and her family.
Every day comes with its own journey, victories and disappointments. Parenting is a marathon and it may feel hard to see the progress of your parenting each day. Despite this, you push on and do your best to remain hopeful and engaged. It may seem the values you are trying to teach your children are not taking root and that your efforts are ineffective. But how sweet it tastes when you are awarded little glimpses of your children practicing strategies that you have been intentionally trying to instill in them, whether it’s noticing their kindness in how they treat others or signs of their developing bravery, emotional intelligence, and self regulation. You are resilient and your children will learn to be resilient through your example. Don’t underestimate the moments when you help them conquer their fears and how you make them feel heard and understood when they are struggling. It’s all too common for mothers to look around and convince themselves that everyone else is doing life better and that other mothers always do the right thing. It’s normal to have these feelings and doubts and to perceive that your world is in chaos. It is hard to figure out which route or philosophy to take with parenting and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Despite this negative self talk, things are going better than you imagine and your kids are thriving from your strength and resilience.
From our families to yours, we hope this Mother’s Day you feel seen, affirmed, and loved.