Motherhood is the single most glorious—and yet gut-wrenching—job on earth. As mothers, we have the privilege of enjoying these beautiful little creatures that fill us with wonder and laughter…balanced by the fearsome responsibility of raising them to be strong, safe and true. Chances are, you find yourself doing things for your child that you never dreamed of doing for someone else.
You may be occasionally startled to hear your mom’s words of warning spilling out of your mouth, the ones you swore you’d never say. You may even have mastered “the look”—the same one your mom or grandma bestowed on you when you were getting sassy. As African American mothers, we are charged with teaching our sons and daughters about our proud heritage, while preparing them to move gracefully in a world that is not always welcoming or even safe. It’s a very big job. And while you’re always busy taking care of others, take some time to celebrate yourself.
What makes you happy? Whether it’s a new outfit or an outing or a few hours to yourself, be sure to treat yourself to a wonderful Mother’s Day, too.