On the 8th March every year the world celebrates International Women’s Day or IWD. This is an opportunity to learn more about the achievements of countless women throughout history, women who in the present day are doing awesome things and to generally just pause for a moment to appreciate the women in our lives. The United Nations call today the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
I personally know some truly amazing women and know that each and every one of you reading this who is raising a child is also someone to be celebrated. International Men’s Day is on the 19th November every year and we’ll be taking that opportunity to big up our single dads but today, I just wanted to say a few things about our female audience. These are the mums, the friends and the supporters around the world who basically kick ass.
International Women’s Day Heroes
I was thrilled to hear that so many schools and youth groups are talking about this annual event, looking at how so many women have changed history through their bravery, their skills and their kindness. From Marie Curie to Michelle Obama, there have been some pretty wonderful women in the public eye. I just wanted to take a minute to celebrate all of the mums who are working hard to raise their children yet don’t always get the recognition for their efforts.
There is no limit to the amount of work a woman can fit into one day, or so it would seem. Whether you are a mum who works or a mum who works at home, looking after her family, you are a hero in my eyes. When it comes to the almighty juggle that is parenting, I think we all deserve a medal! Having raised Isla-Mae as a single parent, I wonder sometimes how women with more than one child manage. That said, I wonder how all of us with any number of children have achieved all that we have achieved.
We really do raise the bar when it comes to multi-tasking, staying focused, wiping noses, working, keeping house, home education, getting children to school on time, reading with our children, drying tears, managing dramas, making memories and more. If you ever find yourself having a moment of self-doubt just stop for a minute and think about another mother you know and how much she manages to do in one day. Isn’t she fabulous? She is! Now look at what you actually do for your family every day, I bet it’s very similar to the other Mother that you admire so much, isn’t it? Us mums just don’t give ourselves enough credit. International Women’s Day, in part, is about celebrating women and all that they do.
The Heroes That Help the Heroes
Parents are superheroes in my book. Some wear capes, some don’t, yet they all manage amazing feats and make it look easy! I want to take a minute to give a big virtual fist bump to all of those women who help others. Mums and Grandmas, sisters and aunties, friends, neighbours; you are all fantastic. You pick up children at the drop of a hat, remind others of school events, help with childcare while parents are working and so much more. Above and beyond the practical though, you are there.
On a personal level I have to make a special mention to my Mum who has been an amazing support to me and Isla-Mae (who adores her). I don’t know how I would have ever got this far!
So, to all women raising children, I salute you. To those supporting others in any way, you are an inspiration and to all women, parents or not, you offer the world so much, and I am thankful for it. I am proud that my daughter is growing up amongst so many inspirational women. This International Women’s Day make sure you celebration your own successes, yourself as a friend and supporter and others who push through boundaries every day to get the job done!