Happy Mother’s Day! We’re celebrating our mothers.
Moms have so many roles to fulfill – teacher, nurse, advocate, friend, comforter, cheerleader – and working mothers have to manage a busy lifestyle and walk the tightrope of that sometimes impossible work-family balance.
Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on how much we appreciate these incredible women and we asked our Rabie and RPA moms: What does motherhood mean to you?
(A daughter, aged 21)
When my beautiful daughter was born, I remember looking down at this beautiful brown eyed baby who was solely dependent on me and who I already had such infinite love for. Over the years, I relished in my role and loved every second of watching her grow and form into the amazing woman I know her to be today. Being her mother, has taught me now more than ever that above all else she was my heart then and she’s still my heart now, only walking freely creating a life for herself.
Motherhood for me is unconditional love!
(Two sons, aged 3 and 6)
Motherhood to me is the joy, laughter, happiness, sadness and being overwhelmed most times.
It is knowing that regardless of how exhausted you may be after a long day at the office or having just had a terrible day, seeing that smile on your little one’s face because he is so happy to see you and just hearing them say how much they love you, is the best feeling in the world.
It is as if that little hug and smile makes all seem better and worth it.
(Four children, aged 27, 20, 17 and 8 )
Becoming a mother has made me who I am today. It has given me direction in my life. There is nothing better than coming home from work and having those littles arms wrap around my neck giving me unconditional love. I used to call their hugs my “stress eraser”.
The teenager years are challenging and sometimes you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but once they get through it and have built their own careers, you only have pride in what they have achieved. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life of one day becoming a granny – to see my DNA live on in the future generation!
After a challenging day with my teenage son, I often remember what someone told me once and that there is a reason why some animals eat their young.
(Two children, aged 30 and 24 and three grandchildren)
Motherhood to me means a woman with custom-made skills, such as detecting a lie, doing chores with her eyes closed, and has eyes behind her head too!
(Two children, aged 38 and 36 and five grandchildren)
The purpose of being a mother is to love, protect, care for, and support. A mother’s love is unconditional, supporting her child through all situations.
(Two children, aged 27 and 24)
Motherhood means family, happiness love and contentment, it is unconditional love that has no end. Being a mother of two daughters made me fearless. One of my best moments as a mom was when one of my daughters told me that I am a positive role model. Moments like those give my life meaning and fills my heart and soul. The memories are truly priceless.
“It’s at the same time the absolute
hardest and the absolute best thing
You will ever do, is becoming a mother.”
(A son, aged 4)
Motherhood is: Learning to screaming inside your heart, because “artwork” isn’t always planned.
(Three children, aged 14, 7 and 3)
Motherhood is life changing. It means unconditional love, support, sacrificing, teaching, selflessness and being the best role model you can be.
Motherhood can be the greatest thing and the hardest thing at the same time.
(Two children, aged 21 and 8)
To be a mother is to have a lot of responsibility. As a mother, I worry about the protection of my children from things I cannot control in society.
I can only describe motherhood as a bucket full of love – I cannot picture life without them, even though they give me grey hair!
(A son, aged 8)
There are so many obvious things you learn when you become a mother. Selflessness and the true meaning of unconditional love are most probably the greatest of all.
There are also things that was not that obvious at first, such as the importance to have balance in your life. Furthermore, it taught me the importance of consistency in your everyday actions and of discipline, because let’s face it, no one is motivated every single day! Above all, it taught me that the only two things I am in control of daily are my own actions and my efforts.
How we do things and the amount of effort we do things with, are also the example we set for your children, and I believe this forms the basis of who they become one day. These are simple truths I live by now.
(Three children, aged 17, 13 and 6)
Being a mother means putting your child’s needs before yours and learning patience you never thought you had. It’s an unconditional love that can’t be explained and you automatically become a protector, like a lioness with her cubs.
You are their first teacher: teaching them respect, boundaries and always showing them support, love and care.
(A son, aged 14)
The joy of motherhood – to know that you bring to the world. We are ‘strength, wisdom and love.’
Being a mother is a divine, sacred calling. No service compares to the service that a mother gives to her children. It is a full-time job 24/7.
(Two children, aged 38 and 34 and three grandchildren)
I enjoy being a mother because I was a young mother when I had my children, so now that they are adults, they are like siblings to me.
I can share moments with them that they understand.
(A daughter, aged 11)
Becoming a mother has made me a better person. There is a dimension of love that is only accessible by having a child. A complete, all-encompassing love that no other relationship can provide. It’s something quite unexplainable: the feeling of seeing your heart walking outside your body. It’s incredibly scary and beautiful at the same time. One of the most important things I can gift my daughter with, is the knowledge that she is loved unconditionally.