What I Want for Mother’s Day . . . and Every Day

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Yes, I do want a day off from the daily grind of mothering – the feeding, cleaning and entertaining of children. Now, I don’t mind the things I do for the children because that’s what I signed up for. I even do it with a smile some days. But a break is always welcomed.

However, I’m not wishing for that this Mother’s Day. I’ve never been big on celebrating these occasions, but I don’t begrudge those who care about it. So here are my wishes this Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day quote

I wish for all new mothers to be granted with baby coos and smiles, a helping hand, a loving hug, and a hot shower. Throw in a steaming cup of coffee and a warm meal, why not? I wish for you to know that even though these early days are challenging, some day, you will sleep again, and even if things don’t feel easier, they will be because you get better at it.

I wish for all mothers who are deep in the trenches of mothering very young children, the patience to understand that your young children will not understand Mother’s Day yet, and it’d just be another Sunday where a child may throw a tantrum, or spit up all over Mommy’s shirt. I wish for you, Mother of Young Children (just like me), that despite the hard days, you will see through the fog to and know that you are loved, needed and appreciated. 

I wish for all mothers of older children that you get pampered and have breakfast made for you. That you get to sleep in without having to ask for the extra time. That you get thoughtfully picked out gifts and good behavior that will last through the week. 

I wish for all mothers grieving a loss that this day, you find some peace in your heart, love in your home, and joy in the small things that are still there. I wish for you to be shown grace and understanding, if you choose not to dwell on this day that will be hard for you. 

I wish for all mothers that you know you are loved, and not just on Mother’s Day. 

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 5, 2015 Allie

    Beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day Alison! Bask in it 🙂
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  • May 5, 2015 Nina

    What a beautiful Mother’s day wish Alison. Happy Mother’s day to all moms!

  • May 6, 2015 alexandra

    Yes, we need so much and we need each other. I wish for community, to leaving isolation and doubt behind, and to feel support from one another. Beautiful, A. xo

  • Now if only we could gift wrap that…

  • May 6, 2015 Tamara

    I’m working on this! Scarlet thinks I want to go to Six Flags. I’m thinking that’s more what she wants, but we shall see.
    I’m wishing for hugs and a bit of free time and a whole lot of breakfast.
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  • May 6, 2015 My Inner Chick

    Happy Mom’s Day, Alison Lee!
    What a lovely post. xxx
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  • May 6, 2015 Kimberly

    Confession: I had no idea that it was mother’s day this weekend. On that note, I hope that my wine rack gets restocked.

    I love the last and I also wish that all the moms who are struggling with postpartum depression or any other mental illness, can feel love this day…truly deep down in their bones feel love. Because they are loved.
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  • May 7, 2015 Lisa

    Those are some wonderful wishes! Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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  • May 8, 2015 Rorybore

    I concur with all your wishes!!

    but, personally at 10 years in the trenches, I am due for a spa day 🙂
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  • May 10, 2015 Adrienne

    Beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Alison!!
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  • May 11, 2015 Elaine A.

    This is so lovely. Happy Mother’s Day, my friend.

  • May 17, 2015 Natalie

    Aww thanks friend hope you had a great one!

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