But no, not a mention.
This year, I decided that actually I am a wonderful mother and I do deserve a mention for it, and so I practiced a belated ceremony called “Appreciating Me”. I took the day off, bought myself some fantastic new pajamas, had a cup of tea in bed and even gave myself a foot massage.
I realize we can’t all take a day off every day, but I do think we could all do with an “Appreciating Me” day as often as possible. If you don’t love and approve of yourself, who else will? And if you do love and approve of yourself then you really don’t need anybody else to as well. It’s a win-win situation. And it’s something that I think mothers, in particular, should be practicing more often. Find a little something special that you can do for yourself every week – take some time off from the kids (yes, your kids will survive a morning with your husband) and do something that nurtures you – have brunch with a friend, take a walk in the park, go for a massage, spend the morning lying in the sun reading a book.
Let’s make “Appreciating Me” a standard weekly date for all mothers around the world. Trust me, by taking time out and really loving and nurturing yourself, it is not just you that benefits – you’ll come home happier, more relaxed and better able to be a wonderful mother, a fabulous wife, and I’d go as far as to say that the world in general will be a better place!