“In a child’s eye, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands life either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” - NK Jemisin
Mum, Mummy, Mama, Mother - just a few of the titles bestowed upon women in one swift moment that will last a lifetime. From the minute you become a mother you are forever tied to another being through an unshakable bond.
Being a parent, whether you play the role of Mum, Dad or both in some cases, takes the task of devoting a large part of yourself to someone else and sacrificing sleep, health, wealth and largely time to raising another human being.
Fathers have valiantly worn the title of breadwinner for eons, but today it mostly takes two incomes to lead a “nice” life. In fact, according to the office of national statistics, three-quarters of mothers with dependent children are in full-time or part-time employment. This means that more and more fathers are sharing child-rearing responsibilities as mothers head out to work. However, many responsibilities still befall the mother in the average household, with employment being the icing on the cake to an ever busy schedule.
With so many mothers out in the workforce, this means less time with our children, less time in the home, less time for friends, and ultimately less time for ourselves. On the plus, we get more money coming in, higher childcare bills and higher stress levels.
Is respite nigh? Alas, it is not. As the parent, it’s your duty to look after yourself amidst the colourful chaos that comes with raising a family, and it’s important to keep yourself in tip-top condition, ready for anything life throws at you. As we all know, if mum breaks the world will fall apart! (Ok, it won’t, but the laundry will mount up or be turned a funny colour, the balanced diet you strive to give your family may go amiss with a few convenience meals and the kids might end up watching too much TV.)
It’s not all doom and gloom and we know that. Being a parent also means having forever playmates and someone to always share your day with, and that in itself is a true gift. Of course, a little pampering for Mum never goes amiss, so whether you want to buy a Mother’s Day gift, or treat yourself to a Mothering Sunday treat, your health and sanity need to find a place near the top of your to-do list.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Organa Beauty & Wellbeing suggests these Mother’s Day gift ideas to help inspire you to spoil someone special or yourself this Sunday 31st March 2019…
- Written by Hannah Shakir