Mother’s Day: Saluting Strong Non-Mothers
We will celebrate Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday 26th March 2017. This is the day when children, young and old, do something special for their biological mum. They’re in for a treat, wonderful surprises or gifts.
But, what about you?
With all the hype, promotions, media attention and fuss associated with Mother’s Day, it’s easy for you to feel left out.
Just because you’re not a biological mother doesn’t mean you’re not a mum in other ways. You have the specialist skills of a mum. Therefore, you’re worth recognition on Mother’s Day.
Let’s look at why I’m making this bold claim.
You haven’t given birth to your own child. Nor experienced the rush of love when you first laid eyes on them. Nevertheless, your heart is full of love for the children who have come into your life. You’ve impacted them in one way or another by supporting, loving and caring for them like a mother.
Some people assume that the most important job a woman can do is to raise children. However, I know many wonderful, strong women who are not mothers. They make amazing contributions to the lives of many, whether through marriage, adoption, fostering, family commitments or some other way.
I salute you on Mother’s Day. You’re an amazing woman who’ve taken on the important roles of motherhood, even though you’re childless. You deserve a big shout out.
Celebrating non-mothers on Mother’s Day
- You’re an adoptive mother
Taking in and loving another woman’s child as your own requires a big heart. It’s even more difficult if you’ve adopted an older child who is from a physical, emotional or abusive background. You need to nurture them with heaps of tender loving care, support and attention. But, because of your patience, calm temperament, empathy, commitment and perseverance, you manage this demanding role. You’re one in a million with a big heart.
- You’re a stepmother
When you marry, your husband’s son or daughter becomes your stepchild. Loving someone else’s offspring like your own may come with challenges. Especially if they’re grown up and sees you like the wicked stepmother. But this awful stigma doesn’t have to apply to you. The mothering instinct in you will love them and make them feel accepted and respected. A stepmother is a good source of knowledge and insight, giving wise solutions to problems.
- You’re an auntie
Aunties are usually adorable. Nieces and nephews love spending quality time with you. Also, you lavish lots of love on your sibling’s children. And treat them like your own to make them feel extra special. On top of that, you love hanging out with them. You enjoy spoiling them with lovely gifts too. One of the most important things about being an auntie is the quality time you spend with your niece or nephew. They feel precious with auntie.
- You’re a foster-mother
Foster mothers are fantastic role models. Because you care for your foster child, you develop a strong bond. You’re a remarkable woman who demands discipline, yet you influence in a positive way. You chose this role because you love unconditionally. You understand how to support your foster child who may have deep-rooted emotional baggage. And, you’re able to make a massive difference to their life.
Finally, the title mother belongs to many strong non-mothers all over the world. You’re an incredible woman. It’s not easy wearing the shoes of motherhood with all its challenges. You love unconditionally like biological mothers. Sometimes you go the extra mile and do more than your duty for the children in your life. I salute you because you’re kind, caring, supportive, exceptional and loving. Happy Mother’s Day.
Over to you…
What mothering role do you play? Do the children you look after make you feel special on Mother’s Day? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. And share this article to inspire other strong women. 🙂