Friday, 8 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I try to write my feelings about motherhood for a Mother's Day post every year, but I fail every time. The only thing that I'm sure about and that never changes - I love being a mother and I consider it a great priveledge. That is exactly that makes it so so hard. Not even the tiredness (though it might be an issue for those who has an interrupted sleep!). It's the worrying - worrying if I'm doing it right, worrying if I'm doing my best every day. If there is enough crafts opportunities, enough time outdoors, enough rinning around, enough fruit and vegetables, enough reading, enough learning opportunities, enough sleep, enough playdatess. Worrying if I'm letting them make their own choices enough and at the same time if I'm encouraging them to do the things that I myself know to be good enough. Trying to find that impossible balance, as it changes as they grow and their own understanding of the world expands. I have to remind myself every day that "There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one", a beautiful quote by Jill Churchill.

Another amazing quote that sums up a lot of my feelings about motherhood: “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” -  Donna Ball, "At home on Ladybug Farm".

Look at some of the amazing mums I have photographed in the past year- they all radiate light and make the world better! Happy Mother's Day!

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