Ahh – Mother’s Day…a cup of tea in bed, followed by a day of treats and pampering. But most mums with small kids know that this royal treatment often takes a bit of behind-the-scenes prompting and encouragement from Dad. So what if there is no Dad on hand to organise it all? I remember one year that due to seriously bad planning on my part, my boys were spending Mother’s Day weekend with their dad and his new wife. Now whilst I might smile and pretend to go along with people when they claim that it’s all commercialised nonsense, dreamt up by the greeting cards industry, I discovered that particular weekend just how much it means to me to have my precious sons around on this day of all days. Because as all single mums know: the upside of being the only one there to wipe away the tears, clean up the mess, sit up all night with them when they have a temperature, see them off on their first day at school is the phenomenally close bond you build with your children through the years. So Happy Mother’s Day to all you single mums out there – you’re doing a great job and as your children grow older, they’ll tell you how much they appreciate you. The message on the card from my 13 year old today reads: “Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks for always being there for me when I need you”.
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