I finished up my major project yesterday (at least for the time being), so the plan is to get back to my regular blogging. I do realize the world continued to turn quite nicely without my input in this little corner of cyberspace, but this is one way I try to use the gifts God gave me. What happens after I write them . . . well, that is up to Him!
In any event, yesterday was Mother's Day. I had come across this article by Susan Hines-Brigger in the May issue of St. Anthony Messenger: Mothers Unite! My intent was to blog about it before Mother's Day, but the time got away from me. Regardless of the day, it offers a good reminder (especially in light of the recent Time magazine cover) of the need to be kind to all mothers:
that in mind, I have a challenge for all of us moms out there. Let’s be
nice to one another, especially this month as we celebrate the
blessings of motherhood. Here are some suggestions for ways that we can
lift up and affirm our fellow
Speak up. Pay a mom a compliment about her child. People
always seem quick to point out what kids are doing wrong. Turn the tide
and point out things like how kind their child is to yours.
Don’t judge. If you see a mom who looks overwhelmed, offer
your help. Have a friend who needs to vent about her unruly 4-year-old?
Just listen. Better yet, offer to take the child off mom’s hands for a
little while. (You never know when you’ll need the favor in return.)
Be kind to ourselves. Try not to play the
compare-and-contrast game with your fellow moms. Each child is an
individual, so don’t worry if you do things differently from other moms.
You know your kid best.
Say a prayer for your fellow moms. Every mom has her own
story and struggles. Don’t discount that fact. Rather than tear our
fellow moms down, lift them up to face the challenge motherhood
Be the bigger person. When you hear people trashing a fellow
mom — or dad, for that matter — speak up. I know it’s easier to just go
along, but I’m sure you would want someone to stick up for you in that
situation. Remind them that there are no perfect parents.
Enjoy your blessing. The privilege of being a mom really is a
blessing, one which not everyone is able to receive. Be aware of that.
Recognize how truly blessed you are not only on Mother’s Day, but every day.
Please read the full article here: Mothers Unite!