Another Mother’s Day approaches, and another traditional media magazine tries to fuel the fans of controversy with an inflammatory photo (a beautiful woman defiantly nursing her four year old) and an even more inflammatory headline (Are You Mom Enough?).
Worse, apparently, the article has almost nothing to do with the title of the piece; it’s actually an article about attachment parenting and Dr. Sears, the pediatrician often credited with launching the attachment parenting movement, not about who is “mom enough.”
This time, though, I saw something I hadn’t seen before: mom bloggers spotted the article early on (it hits the news stands tomorrow) and instead of getting up in arms about the content, they knew it for what it was. And decided it was time to step up, stop the judging, and instead embrace motherhood in all its forms.
I’ve seen countless people say just that on twitter, and Katherine Stone here at Babble led the charge with this great post where moms of all kinds celebrated each other.
I’m so happy to see this.
The thing is, we are ALL mom enough.
The attachment moms.
The working moms.
The first moms.
The adoptive moms.
The single moms.
The moms that let their kids watch TV, and the moms that don’t allow any tv at all.
The moms that make organic baby food, and the moms that shop at Walmart.
The moms that yell, and the moms that don’t.
The moms that spank, and the moms that don’t.
The moms that embrace princesses, and the moms that refuse to allow Disney in their houses.
The infertile moms, and the moms of six or more.
The moms who never got to hold their living children.
All of us are enough.
Yes, that means YOU.
You are enough.
Happy Mother’s Day.