Motherhood really is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. It’s like entering a secret club that you have heard about but never truly understand until you become part of it. It’s the most precious gift you will ever be given.
The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children.
A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a m um means more than having given birth to a child. It’s loving and knowing a soul before you even see it.
It’s carrying and caring for a life completely dependent on you for survival. It’s building their self-esteem, supporting their dreams and loving them unconditionally. It’s letting them go, letting them fail and teaching them how to get back up. Being a mother is a never-ending reward.
Mother’s Day should be every day! Let’s show brand-new mums and mums-to-be some extra tender loving care
Priceless ways you can help a new mum
- Be helpful when you visit. Tell her you would love to hold the baby while she takes a shower and then do just that. Put a load of dishes away. Take out the trash. Get her a drink. Entertain any older children for a few minutes so she can have some peace.
- Feed her. Bring her a meal that she can freeze or that she can eat that night.
- Bring a basket of snack foods. Granola bars, cookies (the healthy kind, of course), water bottles…all things that will give her some fuel – and that she can eat with one hand. These babies don’t always like to be put down.
- Bring a new toy for the older child or children. A new book or game (or DVD) for the older kids might buy her some quiet time.
- Take pictures of the baby and email (or text) them to her the same day. If she’ll let you, take some pictures of her with the baby, these are precious moments.
- Ask how she’s doing. And don’t just ask…listen. Some mums bounce right back into the swing of things after their baby is born. Others take a while longer. But all new mums go through a rough few weeks as hormones settle down…ask about her!
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