For women in the Otherhood, the term I introduced in my book of the same name for those who aren't part of the expected social norm of marriage and motherhood, whether by choice, or like me, by circumstance, our friendships are key.
Sunday, July 26, is the seventh annual Auntie's Day, the day I founded in 2009 to celebrate and honor aunts by relation, aunts by choice to friends' children, godmothers, and all women who play an active role in the life of a child not-their-own.
And as far as the love we give to your kids goes, well, that comes naturally to us. Babies are born from the womb, but maternity comes from the soul. There are many way to be maternal. Thank you for giving us a deeply meaningful way to exercise our maternal muscle.
I'm thrilled for the Prince and Princess on the birth of their royal baby boy, and I am especially happy for Pippa Middleton, Princess Catherine's sister, who has become an Auntie by Relation (ABR) today -- just in time for the 5th Annual Auntie's Day.
The moment I became an aunt for the first time was the most meaningful and fulfilling time of my life. But as much as I felt this milestone had changed everything for me, no one else beyond my closest friends and family seemed to notice. No one spoke to me as an aunt.
While half of America's women have not begun immediate families of their own, they are contributing invaluably to families around them. It's time to embrace all the maternal women in a child's life this Mother's Day.