05/11/2015 06:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why I'm Celebrating My Husband on Mother's Day

Jennifer Craven

Mother's Day. The one day of the year dedicated to celebrating moms of all kinds. We get flowers, a home-cooked breakfast, homemade cards from our children, maybe even a foot massage from our significant other; a token of the hard work we do day in and day out to raise a family.

It's all about us.

This year, however, in addition to celebrating the women in my life, I will be also be paying tribute to someone else: my husband. In the few short years that I have been a mother, I've realized that my husband's role as my partner and my children's father has greatly shaped the mom that I am.

I like to give credit where credit is due, and in this case, I know that I contribute a great deal of my success as a parent to the person who parents alongside me.

My husband brings out the best in me. He balances my fiery temperament with his cool, sarcastic humor. He knows when to go with the flow, and when to challenge my opinions on all things parenting. He listens to my tears of frustration when the overwhelming moments of motherhood set in, then he builds me back up.

My husband is my comfort zone, safety net and pillar of strength.

More than once (OK, dozens of times) I have thought to myself I couldn't do this without him. And that's why I plan to celebrate my husband on a day that is typically reserved for the me. Sure, there's a day dedicated solely to dads, but I'd like to think that on that day, my husband would feel the same way in regards to my position as his wife.


So if you're like me and feel that your significant other has an effect on how you are as a mom, perhaps this year let him know.

Thanks, my love, for going on this journey with me.

But enough about him. This is my day, right? I think I'll take my foot massage now.