For those celebrating #MothersDay today I thought I’d repost a piece I wrote after Mother’s Day in the UK a few weeks ago:
“.. I got thinking about what motherhood really is and to sum it up I came to the conclusion that it is a sacrifice. That sounds negative doesn’t it? But it isn’t… a sacrifice is basically when you give up something you value for the sake of something else that you regard as much more worthy or important.
The minute a woman gets pregnant, she gives up her body, then once the baby arrives; her sleep, her food at times (when she’s running around looking after everyone and everything), her time, her peace of mind and in some cases, namely mine.. her sanity(!) 😉
A mother makes these smaller sacrifices daily, however, she also gives up a little portion of herself when she decides to have children.
Some mothers have a choice about when they start a family, others don’t. Whenever that choice is made or not made, a mother always makes a sacrifice. Some mothers don’t start their careers or even finish their education before their first child comes along. Others manage to complete their education and perhaps even start their career, only to see it trail off when motherhood begins.
And some you would think, have it all, because they take the time off work to have children and walk right back in to their careers. But even that mother will be sacrificing something; she will either be putting her children in to childcare when she doesn’t want to or will be settling for no progression at work in order to have some input in her child’s daily life…”
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