The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a significant report on the importance of dads to the health and well-being of their child, and to the health and well-being of the mothers of their child. The report arrives 12 years after the AAP's first report on the importance of dads.
Life is busy. For stay-at-home moms, working moms, work-from-home moms, or any other kind of mom, life is rushing by. If you are like me, you are trying to capture the gloriously ordinary moments in your child's life.
Would a better term for the raising of a child be 'childing'? I did some gumshoe work. Turns out the term 'childing' first arrived on the scene around 1250 A.D. Collins American dictionary defines it as: "bearing a cluster of newer blossoms around an older blossom."
Carrying a child in your womb doesn't define the true meaning of motherhood. Nurturing a baby, raising a toddler, being present and loving unconditionally are the true components that represent motherhood.
I don't know what it's like to be a single mother, but I do know what it's like to be raised by one. I was blessed to be raised by a great mother, and although I'm not perfect, I turned out well in the end. I owe much of this to my mom.
My daughter will only be 10 once, this is a moment in time where she was able to ask her mom questions that she has never thought about before. You can treat it like a time capsule and every few years, as your child gets older, take it out and watch it together.