I'm lying in bed awake at four in the morning, nursing my restless and sick son so that he can sleep. This is my second Mother's Day, and I can honestly say that the last two years of my life, starting from when I got pregnant with him, have been the most rewarding, but also most challenging, exhausting, frustrating and at times heartbreaking years of my life.
Let me know how you embody the act of mothering in the comments below, even if that means honoring the people who love and mother you in your life! <3 Sending you all my love.
Today marks Belynda Goff's nineteenth Mother's Day as an incarcerated mother, serving a life sentence for a murder she did not commit. In 1994 Belynda, then 32 years old, lived in Green Forest, Arkansas and worked at the local Tyson plant. She was a mother of three - Stephen Lee, 3 years old, Mark, 7, and Bridgette, 15.
There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption.
As she regularly makes decisions based on what other people need, she sets asides the things she wants and enjoys. Things like warm coffee and exercise and not having anyone in the bathroom while she does her business. That's how she loves us.
Even as "Lean In" has become this generation's rallying cry, and women with children head up Fortune 500 corporations, women who take an off-ramp -- i.e., voluntarily leave their careers for a period of time -- find the path to re-entry full of potholes or blocked altogether.
It's ok to want a day to yourself... it really is. It does not make you any less of a mother... it might make you a better mother because you get to hit the ' refresh' button. and since this is the one time of the year we are gifted with something... why not ask for what you really want!
Just in time for Mother's Day, Family Values @ Work has released a new playlist on Spotify called "Lead on Love" with songs about family, love, and caring.
Philomena Kwao at Women for Women International's 2015 Annual Gala. Photo credit: Paige Elizabeth, 2015 Mother's Day -- a day we put aside each year...
As much as technology has destroyed our anonymity and facilitated a near zombie apocalypse with text-walking, it has given me my daughter, kept my dad alive post-bypass, and given me a forum in which to share this gratitude with you. Happy Mother's Day.
Instead of providing support, we all too often leave the families who are struggling the most to fend for themselves. The odds are stacked against single mothers in this country. Yet so many give everything they have and go on to raise incredible children.
Like millions of mothers across America, my two little girls are taking me out to eat for Mothers' Day. I enjoy being with my children as much as everyone else, but this Mothers' Day will be bittersweet.
Who would sign up for an incredibly hard job, with no insurance of payment or success? But that is exactly why we need to acknowledge and applaud all mothers.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, you may be wondering what to get the leading lady in your life. In addition to watching your budget, it can be challenging to figure out just what Mom wants.
This year, step up your game and give mom an epic vacation to remember. Trust us, these trips are guaranteed to make you the golden child for life.
I'm Skyping with my friend Marie the other day, and as we're solving the world's problems, the subject turns to the upcoming May 8 holiday celebrating moms. We're both moms of now-adult children, so it makes us a bit reflective on the subject.