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Life Can Be Tough, Celebrate The Positives This Mother's Day

Although in Ireland, Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) actually has a religious basis, nowadays it bears much more of a resemblance to the American version, which is actually a relatively new invention, says Sadhbh Devlin.

As a result, Mother’s Day is often cited as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’, only invented by greeting card companies to increase revenue, but even if the reasons behind its existence are that shallow, it won’t stop me making the most of it!

Mothers deserve to be celebrated. Mothering is one of the hardest jobs in the world – hugely rewarding, of course, but exhausting and emotional and relentless. A little acknowledgement of the efforts we make for our children goes a long way, and I for one, will always welcome a little bit of spoiling.

Mothering is one of the hardest jobs in the world – hugely rewarding, of course, but exhausting and emotional and relentless. A little acknowledgement goes a long way

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be an expensive celebration either. Flowers, chocolates and a bottle of bubbly are lovely indeed, but even though it might have been invented by Hallmark, that doesn’t mean it has to have a Hallmark price tag attached. Sometimes, when all of the frills and excesses are stripped away, we focus instead on the reason the day is special and simple celebrations can often be the most meaningful.

My children delight in helping to make breakfast in bed for Mama and a lie in is an amazing gift for any parent to receive! I would obviously be eating breakfast anyway, but there is something wonderfully indulgent about having it served in bed, by eager little ones – even if it is just cold toast and soggy cereal! Greeting cards are lovely to receive on Mother’s Day too, but the joy and pride I see in my girls’ little faces as they present me with their homemade cards is worth far more to me than the prettiest of shop-bought cards.

And Daddies get their day too, remember! Why wouldn’t Mammies make the most of this special day? Life can be tough. Parenting can be really tough. Celebrating the positives can only be a good thing. 

What’s your most special Mother’s Day memory? Let us know in the comment section below.


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