We still live in a world where men expect a woman should leave her life behind out of love in order to have a lasting relationship with them. In a world where women are the most important caretaker and pedagogue of the children and housekeepers. Also, is the woman who takes the children to the doctor, prepares school lunches, stays home from work when they’re sick.
In the United States, for instant, it’s also quite common for the mothers to drop out of the workforce entirely and never return—or not for many, many years. And it seems that this trend has actually been increasing, according to 2012 statistics from the Pew Research Center, among American mothers with children under the age of eighteen nearly a third are stay-at-home mothers. The Internet is full of work-from-home moms bloggers trying to make a dollar while taking care of their children.
Sure, there are some exceptions, especially in the rich world, but the norm is that. I wonder if ever this tendency will change and if it does, will that be better?
Happy Mother’s Day!
“Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.” (wikipedia)
Most of the influence of mothers back then when Anna Jarvis held the first memorial for her mother in West Virginia was that they raised well-educated children. However, when those children once grown ups didn’t want to behave like they were taught, it was usually their mothers’ to blame for.
Even today it happens so. Just listen to the commentaries when a man does not behave like a gentleman, mostly begin with “Didn’t your mother teach you to…?” like the father had no responsibility in the children’s education.
And what is worse, is that more often than not, boys are influenced by the father’s behavior than of mother’s good advises. If the father is a bad mannered or an abusive man, his boy will probably be the same, in spite of mother’s efforts to teach the child good manners. Children are learning how to behave by imitating human behavior.
I’m waiting for the day when the fathers will be held accountable – at least to the same degree as mothers – for their offspring’s behavior.
Mother’s Day has become a commercialized holiday since last century. But to be honest, so are Christmas and Easter. Looks like people have no idea how to celebrate it other way than through Mother’s Day specials floral arrangements, Amazon Mother’s Day gifts and Hallmark cards.
Happy Mother’s day!