With another Mother’s Day is just around the corner I have been invited to ponder the meaning and definition of Mother.
The Definition of a Mother
There is a distinct difference between mother as a noun, versus the action of mothering in the form of a verb. Reading the definition of a mother it says: a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth. The verb “to mother” means to bring up (a child) with care and affection, also referred to as “the art of mothering”. In the past to mother meant to give birth.
It is interesting to note that the person giving birth and the person bringing up a child with care and affection may not always be the same person.
Becoming a Mother
Throughout my early adult life I had the distinct feeling I would have two children before I turned thirty. I could imagine being a mother but really, this was just an idea and far from a real image of being a mother.
Later in life, once I decided I actively wanted children, I noticed a shift within me. The mother inside me was giving birth to itself.[Tweet “What is a Mother to you?”] [Read more…] about What Is A Mother To You?