Yesterday was no different from a host of other Mother’s Days. We celebrated mom. Put mom first, gave her breakfast in bed, or flowers, or a day at the spa, or jewelry, or relieved her of her parenting responsibilities for a few hours. And it’s a big deal. Americans will spend an average $170 per mom this year, for a total of $20.7 billion dollars. Why? Well, because moms, whether they are working outside the home or not, whether their kids are six weeks or six years, 16 or 60, are overworked, overtired, and always sacrificing big things and small for their kids. And that’s the nature of motherhood. But I think moms this year need to give themselves a gift.
Think about all those things you have done for your kids and ask why you wouldn’t have just done that for yourself alone. Maybe it’s simply embarrassing yourself with failed attempts to hula hoop in the front yard, or actually wearing a bathing suit in public so your kids can enjoy the pool. Or, maybe it’s something bigger like getting potentially life-saving weight loss surgery like Governor Chris Christie (yes, I know he’s a dad, but it still holds…), or finally breaking out of a house of horrors like Amanda Berry.
Kids give us courage to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do. And that is one of the most wonderful things about parenthood. But all moms, and dads deserve to be silly, and confident, and bold, and brave, just for ourselves too. And while the roses, and cards, and chocolates and massages are all nice — living life to the fullest is a gift we can only give to ourselves.