Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother: (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
1a : a female parent She’s the mother of three small children.
Maternal: (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
1: of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother : motherly maternal love, maternal instincts
2a : related through a mother his maternal aunt
2b : inherited or derived from the female parent maternal genes
Often Maternal is thought of as applying to a woman who is walking around with an infant strapped to her, in her arms or in a carriage. But there is nothing in the definition to insinuate that you are no longer a mom once your kids can walk and talk and feed themselves.
On this Mother’s Day, remember that having a baby is just the first in many life transitions related to bringing children into your family. Mothers of older children encounter many transitions and situations that cause stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness and self-doubt. Caring about maternal mental health is caring about the whole family. Healthy moms cultivate health homes and environments for their families. So, even if you see a seasoned mom who seems to have it all together…ask how she’s doing. Encourage her to care for herself and offer to help so she can. This is not about how capable someone is but about balance. Just because she can “do it all” does not mean she should or has to do it alone. Strength also means being able to accept concern and help in order to focus on self-care so you can be your best mom self.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the new and seasoned moms!