Less than a week until Mother's Day and everyone is talking about the special day named in our honour. Over the years momstown has posted many articles perfect for Mother's Day and we'd love to invite you to relax and enjoy them all there. Happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day Perspective
The Gift of Perspective for Mother's Day is a brilliant reminder how not to take ourselves too seriously. We tell our kids, "you get what you get and you don't get upset" and it's a good phrase to tell ourselves when we get a little too worked up about the small things.
Martha has left the Building is another post with a similar theme reminding us to be present with our kids, not projecting extensive expectations onto our time with them and for them. We don't need to be "perfect" mothers to be perfect mothers in our children's eyes. Taking time with our kids is often the best thing for us all.
I Am a Mom has received a ton of attention for the reality check the article provides. We are ALL mothers, regardless of choices, habits or behaviours. We are all trying our best to make the best decisions for our families and Mother's Day should be about celebrating those choices, not comparing or judging others.
Appreciate the Moments
We all hear "Enjoy the moments. They grow up too quickly". It's so hard to really do when the days can be SO long. The weeks and months fly by though and before we know it, these newborns do head off to kindergarten.
A Jog down memory lane in an MGB tells a tale of one mama realising how the little things really do stick in kid's memories. The sudden realization that her child is the age that she was when she made some of her own most cherished memories.
Mom Award Moments understands that not all moments are funny or enjoyable. Motherhood is a tough job and in the chaotic moments, it can be tough to "appreciate" the moment.
This year momstown has been posting weekly thank-you posts about our own mothers and how their childhood influence has shaped us as adults.The key theme in each of these posts is persistence and encouragement from our moms. In turn, the love and support our moms gave us has made us better mothers.
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For A Recently Passed Mother
Are you there Mom? is a tearful conversation with one momstown mama with her recently departed mother, a good read for anyone missing their mom this time of year.
Mother's Day Strangers is an eye-opening piece about how many mothers go far too early and leave children motherless. It will make you think about reaching out to any child who faces such a tragedy.
You're a Mother from the moment you Conceive the Idea
Mother's Day can be particularly hard for women who have lost a child to miscarriage or stillbirth. It can feel like an unbareable holiday to women who are unable to conceive and trying every possible measure. We salute those moms as every women becomes a mother from the moment she decides she wants to become one. The moment she starts those prenatal vitamins or starts the adoption process, all women visualize themselves nurturing, teaching, and loving beautiful children.
The Pain of Miscarriage is a raw and emotional look at a 12 week miscarriage that happened almost 8 years ago and how it still haunts this mother.
How to Help a Friend with a loss of a preterm baby is a sad story of stillbirth with suggestions on how to help our fellow mothers cope with such loss. Especially during Mother's Day, these friends need support and love from us all.
We all know women who have had countless bad luck with reoccuring miscarriage, I am still alive, documents the string of losses faced by one momstown mama and how she's coped. Mothers who have experienced this type of repetitive heartbreak really need us this Mother's Day.
A Mother's Day Gift for You
The Gift of Mental Health tells of the recent University of Waterloo Study that claims momstown is a prescription for Post-partum depression. What better Mother's Day gift is there than the gift of other moms + mental health??
From all of us at momstown, we wish all mothers of all stages a Happy Mother's Day! We wish you a day filled in anyway you wish - surrounded by loved ones or gifted with a private moment to yourself. Enjoy the day and ALL motherhood moments.
Other Mother's Day posts, with a more practical suggestions: