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Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Mother's Day
Published on May 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Mutryce A Williams

Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Mother’s Day -- A Day of Gratitude, Honour and Reflection. The hope is that this submission will cause you to reflect on your parenting skills and also make the journey of parenting a bit easier or brighter.

Mother’s Day -- A Day of Gratitude, Honour and Reflection

This Sunday is a day that many mothers look forward to, as it is a day when their children and loved ones wish them Happy Mother’s Day. They shower them with immense love, hugs and kisses. They treat them to breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or give them that well deserved day off. They may also bestow upon them sentimental tokens, cards, flowers and many other gifts which are so rightfully deserved.

In reflecting on motherhood, we can all agree that there is no monetary compensation. It can be a thankless job. It is all encompassing and consuming. It is a 24-hour, seven days a week, 365-day a year job. There are no breaks, and no vacations. It requires multi-tasking. Endurance and stamina are necessities. It requires immense patience, empathy, and compassion. It requires telepathy. It requires you to be a doctor, teacher, nurse; negotiator, chef, the requirements/qualifications and job description are endless.

The American Greetings card video captures it all nicely. It is “The World’s Toughest Job.” There is no disputing this after watching the video. This may be the reason why so many of us feel that on this special day we ought to be given the royal or platinum treatment. As you bask in the glory, do take some time to be grateful for the gifts that are your children. Be honoured that you were chosen to care for and nurture such remarkable and wonderful human beings. Most importantly reflect upon how you can improve upon yourselves so that you may be better equipped for this awesome journey called parenting. Happy Mother’s Day!

The Mother Memories by Margaret Sanger

“The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near . . . Memories of mother drying my tears, reading aloud, cutting cookies and singing as she did, listening to prayers I said as I knelt with my forehead pressed against her knee, tucking me in bed and turning down the light. They have carried me through the years and given my life such a firm foundation that it does not rock beneath flood or tempest.”

Quotes on Motherhood

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln

“Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” David C. Gross, Dictionary of 1000 Jewish Proverbs

“I always wondered why God was supposed to be a father, she whispers. Fathers always want you to measure up to something. Mothers are the ones who love you unconditionally, don't you think?” Jodi Picoult

“A good mother is irreplaceable.” Adriana Trigiani

“Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.” Kate Samperi

You never appreciate all the things your mother did, until you find yourself doing the same for your children. Linda Poindexter

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of the universe. You relinquish that position to your children. Jessica Lange

Time does not really exist for mothers, with regards to their children. It does not matter how old the child is – in the blink of an eye, a mother can see the child again as they were when they were born, when they learned how to walk, as they were at any age-any time, even when the child is fully grown or a parent themselves. Diana Gobaldon

Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong. Donna Ball

To give life to another being, what a gift! When he was finally placed in my arms, I looked into his precious eyes and felt an overwhelming and unconditional love…I never felt so complete and empowered in my life. Gisele Bundchen

Motherhood sort of puts things into perspective, and it’s about real life, and life is about people, what we give, what we take, what we share. Halle Berry

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. Meryl Streep

Those helpless bundles of power and promise come into our world show us our true selves-who we are, who we are not, who we wish we could be. Hillary Rodham Clinton

A mother knows what her child has gone through even if she has not seen it herself. Pramoedya Toer

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them. Margaret Culkin Banning

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her. George Washington

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis

Men are what their mothers made them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mother taught me about the power inspiration and courage and she did it with a strength and passion that I wish could be bottled. Carly Fiorina

Sweater - A garment worn by a child when the mother is feeling chilly. Ambrose Bierce

I am sure if the mothers of various nations could meet. I am sure there would be no more wars. E.M. Forster

Being a mother is hard, and it wasn’t a subject I studied. Ruby Wax

Mutryce A. Williams, a native of St Kitts and Nevis is the mother of 4-year-old Daniel and 3-year-old Nicholas. She not only values the many facets of West Indian parenting but also thinks that there is vast room for improvement. A former educator and a child/youth advocate, Mutryce firmly believes that children should not only be seen but heard.. She may be contacted at mutrycewilliams@gmail.com
 
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