For María Guadalupe, a young woman from Guatemala, the celebration of Mother's Day can bring up painful emotions. It's a day when she feels sadness around the loss of her mom, who passed away when she was 15.
The mother-daughter relationship is complicated. Most have hills and valleys. My relationship with my mother was no different.
She woke up early in the morning before the dawn of light and started cooking a large pot of oatmeal. As she cooked, she put a fresh stick of butter on the table to soften for spreading on our toast. In between warming a bottle of milk for the baby, she managed to put on a pot of coffee.
I'm not a mother, which grants me a viewing seat to the marvelous performance of motherhood. The downside is that this seat is too close to where the gossip is, where judgement happens and where the stares are shot.
Of all the words there could ever be titles and fashions of the lady I love, Mother shines way above the beauty of all tragedy. Of all the...
So look in the mirror, and then see what's within, see the good that you do, and the love that you bring, Look at your strength and your courage, true beauty is what you should see.
At the start of every New Year, many make resolutions and most having every intention of keeping them. However, as the days and weeks pass they often are forgotten or set aside, replaced with the activities of everyday life!
Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.
As much as these days are a ritual designed to connect us, they too are a lesson in mindfulness. A reminder of the present moment, an inventory of what we have, how far we've come and to whom we owe at least a few hours of gratitude.
Essentially, a father's job is to love, educate and support their children. Beyond that, the role can become a bit murky, with dads taking a backseat when it comes to parenthood.
Parenting is a tough job, and not everyone is cut out for it. There aren't prerequisites or interviews to ensure that a person is the best candidate. It's all on-the-job training.
Who else will tell you it's their loss when you're rejected by a boy or a friend or a publisher? Who else remembers fondly the dance routine you made up to "Cool Rider" from Grease 2 and will tell you with a straight face that it was a very good performance?
Leah was only 23 years old when her mother and father died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from a water heater in their home in Africa in 2007. Though their deaths were sudden, shocking and devastating, Leah has developed, thrived and maintained a close connection to their memories.
When the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim win a game, fans say, "Light up the halo!" about the giant A with a halo that lights up every time they win.
And so, on my quiet Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I started questioning whether someone will ever utter the words "Happy Mother's Day" to me... Being the list maker that I am, I opted for some pros and cons.
Hip Mama's unapologetic cover is too much for some people. Just like breastfeeding still is.