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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The three things all mothers really want (it’s not flowers)


For most of the Arab world, today is Mother’s Day.

My country doesn’t celebrate this day until May, but as the mother of a toddler and an infant, I’ll take well wishes any time of the year.

I haven’t done motherhood for very long – not even three years yet – but in reflecting upon the experience, and those of friends and acquaintances, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are three things that all mothers really want:

1) Sleep. Yesterday, a student of mine said that she slept 13 hours in a row on the weekend. I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d ever have that opportunity again! Probably not for many, many years. So if you’re offering naps or the chance to sleep in, I’ll take it!

2) Thanks. Mothers do a lot of stuff behind the scenes, things that we don’t think about when we grow up and leave the nest. We are dietitians, chauffeurs, personal shoppers. We take care of dirty diapers, dirty dishes, dirty laundry, nightmares, boo-boos. We comb hair and pick up toys and read stories. We are the gatekeepers who work to keep our children safe, fed, healthy and happy.

Of course, many moms (myself included) are lucky enough to have a partner-in-crime partake in these tasks. But regardless, gratitude for this monumental responsibility is always welcome. 

3) Chocolate. I hesitate to call it a panacea for all problems…but it kind of is.

So there you have it. The three things all mothers want, in my humble opinion.

What would you add?

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