There’s More Than One Definition of Mother and Mother’s Day

What Julia Ward Howe had in mind in 1870 when she invented Mother’s Day was a day on which we oppose war and advance peace. In other words, it wasn’t Mother’s Day, but a Mothering Day. Gloria Steinem, American journalist

When we think of Mother’s Day we think of honoring a person who brought a child into the world—a mother. If we consider mother as a verb, we come up with a completely different take on the day. 

Mothering can be done by male or female, old or young. When you mother someone, you show them empathy, love, and thoughtfulness. You care greatly about their welfare. Mothering is love freely given. One can become a mother by happen-stance but one mothers from a sense of purpose and love. 

Since I only had a mother for eight years, I’ve extremely grateful that many women and men have “mothered” me–and still do.

Affirmation: I am grateful for the mothering in my life.

Coaching questions: Who has mothered you? Who do you mother?

My mom, Winnie Horn, and me in Wyoming. Circa 1950.