Happy Mother’s Day! Being a mother comes a great responsibility that no one is ready for. Believe me, it’s been the most difficult job but it has also been the most rewarding. When I found out that I was going to have a child I promised myself that I wasn’t going to allow gender stereotypes, gender inequalities, racial inequalities or economic background affect how I was going to raise my child. I also wanted to act and be someone she could look up to and respect. Working with children through the years and using my own upbringing as learning lessons, I knew I wanted to instill certain qualities in her that could help her be a boss later in life. Here are just a few:
- Love yourself before you love anyone else.
- Be kind, be compassionate and never ever be a bully.
- Perfection is unreachable and being who you are is the most important.
- What you look like isn’t as important as how you treat yourself and others.
- Accept people for who they are. Their gender identification, class, or orientation shouldn’t matter as long as they are kind.
- Learning is the way to grow and you should never stop wanting to know more.
- Do not put others down to uplift who you are.
- Do not compare yourself to others; everyone is on their own magical journey.
All my friends who have met and interacted with my daughter have all agreed what an amazing, magnificent human being she is. I have always said that if you want the world to be a kinder place, raise a kind person. So parents, I beg you, what you say AND do are intertwined and important. If you gossip and are unkind to others, more than likely your child will pick up on it and emulate the same behaviors as you. Be kind, be considerate and you’ll have a person who will likely change the world – for the better!