Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who has eveR held a baby or read to a child or sat white-knuckled in the passenger seat as her teenage son or daughter took the wheel of the family car for the first time. Happy Mother’s Day to every mom, grandmother, auntie, teacher, daycare provider or counselor who has held a child’s hand and offered love, encouragement, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.
My mother was a stay-at-home mom in the 50’s and 60’s..the days of Father-Knows-Best and Leave it to Beaver. She was there when I got up in the morning. She was there when I came home from school. She was there to tuck me into bed at night. She listened patiently as I rattled on about my day. She loved me unconditionally. I doubt that I appreciated it as a child – but by the time I was a parent, I certainly did.
I was a work-at-home mom (WAHM) in the 70’s and 80’s…the days of Happy Days and All in the Family, Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. I left teaching to raise a family – and when a second income was needed, I operated a daycare so that I could be at home when my kids got up in the morning and came home from school. I loved it – but the times were changing and many women were choosing to work outside the home. I truly believe that each family situation is unique and what a child needs most is not a certain number of hours spent with a parent, but a feeling that he or she is loved and valued, no matter what.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!
As promised, we are giving away a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking…along with a couple of art supplies to get a child started on his or her first craft project. And the winner is…
Congratulations, Colline…please email me with your address so I can get the book and supplies in the mail to you: firstname.lastname@example.org