It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday 11 March. Hot on the heels of International Women’s Day, it celebrates mothers, grandmothers and all the great women we know who have families of their own. Because mothers – the concept of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers on society is really worth honouring.
We know that women are strong and powerful. Women aren’t all about being mothers, of course! In fact, International Women’s Day showcased the incredible wave of empowerment of women happening around the world in 2018. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the progress being made to close the gender pay gap, the focus on women’s human rights in many areas of the world.
If we were fortunate enough to grow up with a great mother, that bond is strong. It’s arguably the most precious connection between two human beings and should therefore be acknowledged, shared and celebrated.
We can also use Mother’s Day to remember those who are no longer with us: our lost mothers or our grandmothers. Your grandmother most probably held huge influence over your mum and many of her characteristics have filtered down to you. If you’re lucky enough to have a good relationship and are seeing your mum this Sunday, why not ask her about her grandmother?
Ask any mother and it’s likely she’ll tell you it’s hard work. Sunday is the day to recognise the sacrifices they’ve made to get you to where you are right now. Let’s use this day to treat them and say thanks.
If you’re a mother and might need some support, or you feel you’d like to give something back, there are many charities and organisations in the Midlands there for you. Or, if you need extra support how about going to charities that help families.
Here at ODARA, we have a Women’s Support Group and Health and Wellbeing Days open to all women to get involved in. We understand the need for a welcoming and understanding environment that is exclusively for women.
Or how about treating your mother to some time at the spa here at ODARA?