The week leading up to Mother's Day is always painful for a woman who wants nothing more than to know the joy that she sees many of the friends in her peer group sharing on their Facebook news feeds.
We have to pick and choose which decisions to follow and which missteps to avoid in order to find what's right for us. There are both positive and negative kinds of baggage we carry with us from past generations, but we don't have to carry all of it forever, especially if it hurts.
Here are a handful of inspired, creative gifts for Mom that will make an indelible mark on her memory and make her proud to have raised such a rad monkey as you. Let the bragging begin. And, you're welcome!
All of the mothers have opinions, all of them have ideas, all of them have criticism, but they all also have something else, an unbreakable will to love their son or daughter, regardless of if they choose roses or peonies for the centerpieces.
All three kids are actually in bed by 8 p.m. So instead of just flopping into bed, exhausted, I decide to take a bath. About 10 solid seconds of sheer bliss transpire before I hear the hinge squeak. It briefly crosses my mind that it could be a serial killer. But I'm too relaxed to give a crap.
Many of you are without a mother on this Mother's Day for varying reasons. Some of you are mothers without your children on this Mother's Day. But we are never without the need for a mother and mothering.
When you divorce without children, the initial phases are emotional, financial and sometimes fairly deep, but you generally get through it, and go your separate ways. When you divorce with children, those phases stretch on forever.