Posted: 30th Mar 2011 (0 comments)
Most nations seem to have a day that celebrates mothers and motherhood; in Britain it is Mother's Day, which falls this year on 3rd April. It's a day when flowers and cards are given and mothers are taken out to dinner. Yet there is often little consideration of what motherhood is really all about. This may be because there is a cloud of sentimentality about everything to do with mothers or because it's a topic that raises profound and troubling questions. Are we to celebrate every kind of mother, when our bookshops have sections headed ‘Tragic Life Stories’ filled with tales of appalling parenting? And aren't we adding insult to injury for women who would love to be mothers but – for whatever reason – can't? I suggest that there are two areas where we need to apply some careful consideration.