Here we are, in the month of May already. Spring….and Mother’s Day both come to mind. I know, some of you out there think Hallmark when you hear “Mother’s Day.” But I have to say it should be way more than that…
Tonight’s post is about….you guessed it…MOTHERS. Not hard to guess, considering my blog is devoted to maternal mental health. 🙂 Mothers have the toughest, yet most rewarding job…. a job that in this society often gets taken for granted…and is an unpaid one at that. After all, isn’t being a mother an instinctive, no-brainer kind of thing? <shaking head vigorously>
My post from last night mentioned motherhood myths and societal attitudes that don’t help, but rather make motherhood all the more challenging. The end result is that the new mother often finds herself isolated both in terms of perception and in reality when it comes to having adequate social support. The motherhood myths, societal attitudes, and social support are things I actually tackle in depth in my book….and I might add, with great relish. Because I really LOVE to combat false notions that are detrimental to mothers!
Today’s post is about MotherWoman’s latest mission….and what better time to announce as Mother’s Day approaches! I can’t agree more with the following, which lies at the very heart of that mission:
When you support a mother, you uplift her family.
When you uplift a family, you strengthen their community.
When you strengthen a community, you change the world.
The theme is the same as what I’ve said before and I’ll be happy to say again:
A healthy and happy mother means a healthy and happy family.
Isn’t that the truth? Yeah, you know it!!!
MotherWoman’s latest mission, which I think is absolutely critical, is to raise $10,000 for scholarships by July 2nd to enable 25 community leaders and professionals working for nonprofits to take a 3-day MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training to learn how to provide peer-led support to moms. This year, the training is taking place in Massachusetts, New Jersey (in June…I plan to be there), Washington, and Guatemala. There have been requests for training in other locations, which is a wonderfully encouraging thing to hear, because we so desperately need more support groups for mothers out there!!!! Coincidentally, I was just saying this in my post last night!
Please take a few minutes to watch this video and hear about the impact this project has had on four mothers and how they are now giving back to other mothers by leading MotherWoman Support Groups in their communities.
Please consider helping to support the project by donating and/or spreading the word about this mission to others on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, via email, or even in person!
Click here to donate and see some of the neat perks to donating. Any amount would be appreciated!
Also, if you are interested in applying for a scholarship yourself, contact Liz@motherwoman.org.