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Approaching one of the first Mothers daysí that I have experienced from the perspective as a mother has got me thinking about the deeper meaning of life, family and whatís important. The Motherís Day tradition started with many ancient cultures celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. This celebration has taken on a more commercial flavor in recent times but regardless I think the occasion still plays an important role in underlining a time for reflection on the importance of mothers and their meaning. Maybe Iím becoming more sentimental as I now have my own child but nevertheless I feel the need to express some thoughts on life and motherhood as it may resonate with other mothers in a similar situation.
I donít think itís an exaggeration to say that we mothers are to have the single biggest influence on our childrenís lives. From small babies to adolescence itís us that have the biggest effect in these formative years. They are called formative years because it is during this period in their young lives when ďthe die is castĒ so to speak and they ďformĒ most of their personality and basic human character traits. Such lies the courage and selflessness of mothers who, despite having the enormous responsibility of establishing basic inter-human skills in our sons or daughters, we can not only rise to the challenge but access incredible meaning from this ancient, primal task.
Being together with family on occasions like Motherís Day are so special and they are the times that we remember the most fondly. Our relationships with others, particularly family members, are the most important aspect of our lives Ė they give us, and our lives meaning. But remember, while being a mother is an incredible responsibility it will also be the most fun and satisfying journey youíll ever undertake!
Now, with Motherís Day fast approaching and with the maternal bonds of family and motherhood firmly in mind, I wanted to share some activities that, when undertaken with sons or daughters, can provide some meaningful family interaction:
Francesca often finds herself pondering the meaning of life.
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