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Mother’s Day can sometimes do more harm than good to mothers. But it is all about perspective. This year I shifted my outlook a little and made it a much more meaningful Mother’s Day. Let me explain what I mean.
My kids are young and do not typically do much for me for Mother’s Day. They draw me pictures and write me little notes and I treasure them!! My sweet husband does his best to make it special and I love him for it. But, it is really just a normal day in our house. I still have to get up and care for my family, cook meals, clean the house, change the diapers, etc. The kids still whine and cry. I still feel tired and worn out like every other day of the week. For some reason, as a Mom we wake up expecting this blissful perfect day celebrating ME. When that doesn’t happen, we feel disappointed, frustrated, and even mad. Doesn’t the toddler know that this is my special day and they shouldn’t hang on me crying today? Don’t the kids realize it is Mother’s Day, so they should do their OWN dishes today? They are still their regular old selves and for some reason on Mother’s Day that doesn’t seem good enough!
Why do we let that attitude creep in on the one day we should be celebrating being their mother? Turn it around. Don’t let the selfish thoughts creep in, but think instead of why you love being a mother and how much your children bless your life. Now, I am just as guilty as the next mom on this, but this year I tried something little different. I made a card for each of my kids telling them why I love being their mother and gave it to them on Mothers Day. I have decided this will be a new tradition for me. I want my kids to know they are the ones that matter most! I want them to know why they are special and why I love each one so much.
Feel free to save it and print a copy for yourself. I know it is PAST Mother’s Day now, but this is still something you can do, any regular day to let your kids know how much you love them and how special they are to you. Or, save it for next year…
Try and remember this next year when you feel the grumbles creeping in about how this is supposed to be YOUR special day.
I love this idea of not letting the selfish thoughts creep in.
Instead of acting like a martyr, we can be thankful for
what we have and think about why we’re thankful for
our spouse and our children.