Just as my son’s first birthday was approaching, my husband came to talk to me about his idea for a gift. He said, “We should celebrate you!”
I laughed at the thought of it, but he was serious. He continued and explained that he wanted to begin a new tradition of celebrating me on our son’s birthdays so that our son had a better understanding of the importance of motherhood. While the idea seemed a bit radical, I thought about the society we live in — one that almost demands we provide extravagant parties for children who then have high expectations as to what they’re supposed to be gifted on their birthdays.
But what would birthdays look like if we didn’t do that? I believe moms should be celebrated daily, so acknowledging them on the day they gave birth or received the gift of motherhood is actually monumental. In fact, it can even be an important lesson for children, and here’s why.