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In Celebration of Mum

In Celebration of Mum

In Celebration of MumDifferent countries and cultures around the world celebrate most occasions, such as Christmas, in unique ways. One special occasion that appears to mean the same thing in most cultures around the world, however, is Mothers Day.

The way each country celebrates Mothers Day does differ according to country, but the meaning and method of celebration seems to be consistent. Thanking and appreciating Mum for everything she does, and spoiling her with flowers, breakfast or tea, perhaps a gift, is on the agenda no matter what country or culture.

There is no confusion or debate around the fact that motherhood is both an important and challenging role. It is always extremely valued, for these reasons, across the globe. Collectively, we should agree that simply a day is not enough to acknowledge motherhood, and thank our Mums for raising us, but it’s certainly a great start!

Here are just some reasons Mums are so appreciated:

  • They know exactly how to cheer up our child – who may be upset, angry or afraid. Mum knows exactly the right thing to do or say to make it all better again.  They take part in and encourage their interests, and often even participate ourselves. If the little ones are into ballet or football, collecting insects or drawing fairies, Mum is right there beside them. If they express an interest in Irish dancing because they saw a video clip, then Mum is immediately looking up local classes to help encourage an interest. No matter what profession or hobby they choose to pursue, Mum is always keen to encourage an interest, no matter how brief the participation.
  • Daughters love them because they share their “beauty tips”.  Most importantly, though, mothers teach us that real beauty extends beyond the external and the most beautiful thing a girl can have is a kind heart.
  • For sons, mothers teach them to value and appreciate a woman, and the qualities he should treasure in a life partner. Mum models the ways that showing kindness and sharing feelings is not weak – in fact, its courageous!
  • Mums are their kids’ biggest fans. They proudly display their drawings, attend their sports matches, and feature their photos prominently and visibly for all to see.  Mothers inspire children to be their best, whilst gently overlooking inevitable mistakes.  They loudly cheer their children’s success and support them gently when they fall.
  • Mothers will offer their child the very last piece of cake and sacrifice a phone call with friends to let their kids play games on Mum’s smart phone!  Yes, Mums put their child’s well-being and happiness before their own.
  • Mums love their kids unconditionally – they may not always like our behaviour, but Mum loves us forever.

 

Any Mother who can recognise even a small amount of herself in that list, has much to be proud of and deserves a joyful and loving Mothers Day!

About The Author

Melina Mallos

Melina Mallos is a high-profile commentator on art and culture for children. She consults to private and public educational facilities, including schools, art galleries, libraries, museums and community centres. She creates educational programs and resources for children, based on an organisation’s exhibitions and collections. Melina ensures her interpretative models and children’s programs are linked appropriately with the current school curriculum, which encourages regular educational excursions from local school groups of all grades. Having moved from her birthplace in Greece to Australia at the age of 9, Melina is passionate about assisting other multi-cultural authors to share their own culture and heritage with children. Melina is therefore actively involved in the educational/cultural sphere in Australia’s Greek community. Melina is also committed to sharing her knowledge on teaching cultural sensitivities with Australia’s parents, by way of regular guest blogging, article writing, public speaking and training. Specifically, Melina harbours an interest in content development by way of digital resources and eLearning on her topic of interest. Prior to her consulting business, Melina was an educator for 15 years at a prominent National Art Gallery. Melina was also a Smithsonian Fellowship recipient in 2010, researching museum based-learning in Washington D.C. She has completed Masters research in early childhood interaction and engagement in art museums. Catch that Cat! Is her first picture book for children. It promotes intercultural understanding, inspiring children to understand and appreciate their own cultural roots, and those of others.

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