My mother's name was Sonny. She was born as "Sophie" into a large Jewish family of nine children in the town of Wattenscheid, near the city of Dortmun...
I wasn't prepared for my body to suddenly start producing enough milk to feed a small village. I wasn't prepared for the ache in my back that came from constantly bending to pick up my child and then carry him around until he fell asleep. And I wasn't prepared for how much I would love him.
When I originally offered to help with my daughter's first book club, it was as a simple show of support for my 7-year-old bookworm. Flash forward four years and nearly 50 books later, the club has become one of the most valuable volunteer gigs of my parenting career.
Our mothers are usually our first touchstone and it's hard to outgrow the need to seek nurturing and approval from them. But becoming an adult sometimes means outgrowing this reflex -- especially if these responses are hard to come by.
That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.
Happy belated Mother's Day, to all of you who may still be finding your mom -- even after you've lost her.
We may know we made the best decision for our families and our lives, but society shames us all year long, and then has a special holiday to remind us that we aren't perfect.
We must all strive not to be like that terrible joke about the husband who says, "I told my wife I loved her on our wedding day, why do I need to tell her again?"
Since losing one of my precious three children, Mother's Day, like all holidays, is now laced with bittersweet. It continues to be a day of reflection for me. But the reflection is tinged with melancholy for all of the mothering that I did not get to give my daughter who died at the age of 6.
Think of the first step you would have to take for your dream to come true and then do it! Putting your dream on the to-do list will actually ensure that you are not going to forget about it or put it on the back burner.
As a child in bomb-pocked London, chocolate symbolized Sadie's tie to family, to luxury and to a vague recollection of life without war.
Through her example, she showed me it's possible to have a successful career you love and to be a great mother at the same time, even if you don't do both of them perfectly every day -- and that's OK.
"I want you to be my mother because I want you to teach me how to live," one of the women said to Brenda. "I want to have hope in my life."
While my mother and I didn't actually share the last three decades, now I know what it means to work at a marriage, to be a working mom and to watch my children struggle and blossom.
Boxer is the mother of two children and the grandmother of four. I reached out to her for a Moms Clean Air Force Mother's Day exclusive interview.
Sometimes, it seems as though at every major moment of my life, cupcakes were present. They were eaten on every birthday and anniversary, each sick day and summer vacation. They were even in her hospital bag when I was born, smushed in between diapers and a change of clothes.