Recognising the Hard Work of Motherhood

As a kid, Mother’s Day was about handmaking cards covered in hearts and flowers at school, and cooking mom breakfast in bed. I got it, but I didn’t really get it. My siblings and I often wondered why, if there was a Father’s Day and a Mother’s Day, there was no such day as a Children’s Day. (Ha.)

But now as a mother, on my first Mother’s Day, this day has taken on new significance. I don’t think it is possible to truly appreciate your mother until you become one yourself. You can love your mother to the moon and back, and be grateful for her never-failing support, guidance, and affection, but until you become a mother yourself it is impossible to understand the depths of love and self-sacrifice that come with motherhood.

It’s only now that I realise the number of sleepless nights, days of mental and physical exhaustion, unending worry, anxiety, and self-doubt, and sacrifice of personal space and identity that my own mother has given over the years. And then I start to feel bad about all of the attitude I gave her as a teenager (and beyond).

In one sense being a mother is a thankless job. But at the same time it is endlessly rewarding to watch your child grow and flourish, and those small moments of love and affection make it all worth it. But it never hurts to have your hard work recognised.

So on Mother’s Day make sure you take the time to celebrate and appreciate all of the mothers in your life. I know I will, because now I get it. I get what it takes to raise a child, and that even though we do it out of love and that it’s just part of the job, it’s always nice for the hard work of motherhood to be acknowledged.

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19 thoughts on “Recognising the Hard Work of Motherhood

  1. I agree with all of this! While I have no mom to thank for the same sacrifices, I totally hear you when you say endless sacrifice. It’s a hard job mama, but so worth it. Happy Mother’s Day to you! xoxo –https://imommy.co

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  2. I completely agree with this post! I see Mother’s day different after becoming a mom. It is just something you can’t understand until you do it! Happy Mother’s day!

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  3. Happy First Mother’s Day. I definitely understood what my mom went through as a mother after I had my little one. We gain some new found respect and admiration for our moms.

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  4. Happy Mother’s Day! Just wait until you start saying the things your mom said to you to your kids and then tell your mom about it. I think my mom gets a lot of thanks out of those stories aka she thinks it’s hilarious.

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  5. I wonder if my husband “gets it” sometimes… šŸ˜‰

    I definitely didn’t understand what the day represented, all of the things my mom did for us, growing up. Very insightful post. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Beautifully written! I hope you had a wonderful first Mother’s Day. You are absolutely right- You have no idea what it takes to be a mother until you become one. No amount of books or advice passed on from your grandmother can truly prepare you for your own child. ā¤

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  7. My mom had four girls (me being the youngest) and I can’t imagine how she did it practically on her own (as our dad did out-of-town shift work, gone for 4 days at a time). I have two children now and I’m nowhere near to understanding how difficult it must have been and yet what an awesome job she did! I hope I can be as great as mom as she is šŸ™‚

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