This year Mother’s Day has a very special meaning. It is my first as a mother. The thought still baffles me; that I am mother to these two gorgeous girls currently giggling and blowing raspberries at me as I write. They have been both my greatest blessing and my biggest challenge and both of our greatest achievements.
Every year I love this day as I get to treat my own mother with a gift I know she’ll love and a card full of loving words and gratitude. But I make sure that every single day of the year she knows how much she is loved and how thankful I am for everything she has done for me. Now more than ever I can understand the sacrifices she has made and the unconditional, unfailing love and support she has always given me without question. An inspiration for the kind of mother I want to be for my twin girls.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about self kindness and especially a mother’s guilt. I’m not sure if this is a thing all new mothers go through and eventually get over, or if it is something that you just learn to deal with but I’m slowly realising it can be a dangerous thing with its irrational thoughts and unnecessary chiding.
So this Mother’s Day whilst you are celebrating your own mother, take a moment to celebrate yourself. Show yourself some kindness, give yourself a break and accept wholeheartedly the “day off” your partner and kids want to give you. The ultimate gift.
Mother’s Day is Sunday 11th March in the UK.