Mother's Day.... for some of us, it is a happy day full of joy and love, but for others, it is a day that is painful because our own mamas are not with us, or our children are not with us, or our unborn babies are gone.
Take a moment to acknowledge those women who have helped you on your path as a mama. Our doulas, our teachers, our nurses, our caregivers- these women love our babies as our own. Think about all of your friends who are moms-- I am sure you have seen the commercial floating around with the "different types of moms"- wherever you find yourself, know that you are not alone. There are women who have come before us and led the way, and we will do the same for the next generation. It is this incredible circle of love and support.
Being a mom is one of the hardest things I have ever done- there is a level of humility and awe and frustration and pain, but the joy and the gift to witness and walk alongside another human being is like nothing else. My mom is pretty amazing. She has 5 children, and raised us as individuals with different dreams and interests. She is my model of how I want to be with my son. Do I stumble and make mistakes? Absolutely. In those moments, I know I am learning a lesson, and my 3 year old son is the best teacher.
Mamas, I acknowledge all that you do for your children and for your families. I acknowledge the intense joys and the struggles- I share your pain and your grief and your confusion. I celebrate with you.
Try to carve out some time just for yourself on mother's day- you have been on an incredible journey and so often we forget to take care of ourselves. Let go of expectations, take a few moments to reflect on all that you have experienced as a mom, and set an intention for the coming year. Honor those who have helped you on your path, reach out to another mom, let's continue lifting each other up and strengthening our sisterhood.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.