We hear the words “Mother’s Day” and our mind immediately fills with images of flowers, gifts, cards and maybe a nice meal that is prepared for – without any work on the part of – our mothers. On this one day each year, we make a special effort to communicate our appreciation for the woman or women who have mothered us, helping us to become our best selves. Birth mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, aunts, big sisters, older cousins and community mentors. Our personal lists may be short or long, but most everyone seems to have gratitude for at least one woman who mothered them in life.
As Mother’s Day approaches, we encourage you to make a list of what you appreciate most about the mothering you were given. A listening ear when you needed to talk? The clear guidelines that helped you to make the hard decisions? Knowing you were loved even when you found it hard to love yourself? Your favorite dessert on a difficult day? Celebrating your smallest and biggest achievements? Someone who was willing to say “no” when it was necessary? All the things we don’t have room to mention?
Thank your mother(s) for all of this. Pass it on to the living of your life. Consider the level of maturity it takes to mother well. Mother our youth in ways that will help them to consider this as well. Encourage them to postpone pregnancy and plan their futures. For more tips visit our website: www.berksteensmatter.org or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/berksteensmatter/
By: Ana Villaman