A few thoughts on Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 12th in 2013.
Most mothers feel overworked and underappreciated. I realise this is a generalisation, but you’d be hard pressed to find a mom who didn’t feel each of those at least a few times in the last month.
In the USofA, we’re far less child oriented than we were half a century ago. We’re less understanding of what it takes to be a parent, less willing to help with children, and less “tolerant” of children in general. Granted it seems kids as a whole are less well behaved today than in the past (which is a parenting issue) but still, don’t we have a responsibly as a community and especially as a church to help parents? These changes are tough on fathers as well, but moms seem to be hit harder, and they’re probably more hurt by the attitudes.
If your wife is a mom, do all you can to make her feel loved and appreciated on Mother’s Day. Help younger kids show appreciation, and nag older children as needed. Also be good to your mom if she is still around, and please don’t expect your wife to take care of a gift or card for your mother.
Bonus: Get her mom something, just from you. A card with a hand written “thanks” at the very least, and flowers would be better.
By the way, if you]re going to shop on-line for your wife or your mother, using the links below as a starting place will put a bit of change in my pocket. (My pocket and I thank you!)