For All the Hard Work They Do A TRIBUTE TO MOMS
Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I want to dedicate this article to parents, particularly the moms I see daily in my practice. Mothers and fathers are intimately involved with their children’s well-being. But the workload is still not an even divide between mothers and fathers. Melinda Gates wrote an interesting op-ed for a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal in which she addressed the disparity between men and women in unpaid working hours. It is seen worldwide, and even in the Gates’ household, that women spend 2–4 hours a day in additional unpaid work compared to their male counterparts. The labor of parenting is a labor of love and worthy of recognition. Parenting is so much more than offering encouragement and fostering dreams. There are, for a start, soccer games in freezing rain; baseball games in sweltering heat; dance, piano, and baton lessons; and recitals and competitions. All of these activities involve transportation, and some of them require costumes, too. Don’t forget the moms whose kids have dietary restrictions and need special meals to be made. Many of these activities happen behind the scenes and go unrecognized. It’s this dedication, love, and support that I admire in the mothers I talk to daily. As a mother, I understand the lengths we go to for the benefit of our children, and it always warms my heart to see the joy parents express over even the smallest of their children’s successes. Mother’s Day is a moment to recognize everyday moms and acknowledge the time and effort you devote to your family. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the patients who inquire about my own daughter. Pride in your children is universal.
Thank you, and I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
-Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf “Pride in your children is universal.”
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