It’s extreme. It’s painful. And, it’s a worldwide epidemic.
I’m talking about something most moms experience on a regular basis… and it’s ALL for their children.
I’ve talked to moms who’ve lost babies in the womb, moms who’ve given birth to fragile newborns they held for just minutes before saying “goodbye.” I know a mom who lost her teenage son last year and another who lost three of her four children before they ever had the chance to be adults. I’ve known moms whose addictions have threatened the safety of their children. I know foster moms who watch the children they inherit struggle with self-hate, painful insecurity and violent criminal behavior. I have listened to moms weep uncontrollably about their relationship with their kids — feeling like they’re failing, like they yell too much, like they’re angry too often, like they don’t show love often enough and lose their patience more than enough. Countless moms worry they are just plain B-A-D for their children EVEN when they are not. So, this is why I simply want to point out the ANGUISH of a mother. It is unique to motherhood, as moms worry & fret, love & adore, scold & spank, teach & tell, correct & yell, pray & plead, hug & kiss, say “hello” & “goodbye,” all the while caring so very much about their kids that ANGUISH is always a danger — a danger that lurks not far behind a mother’s love. And, for every mom out there who has anguish about where their kids have been, where they are now, where they are going — and even about the fact that they’re gone — I say “thank you” for caring and for putting your heart at risk. You are, indeed, a blessing. The blessing comes because you’ve taken a risk worth taking… and one day your kids might even be able to say “thank you, mom.”
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