Mother’s Day was Sunday, May, 11, 2014. This is a day traditionally devoted to thanking our mothers for their hard work and love over the years, and celebrating the ways that mothers are influential in our lives and the lives of our children. Like many husbands and fathers out there, I will probably run through the mall at the last minute looking for a gift, rumble through the thousands of cards looking for the best one to express our gratitude for the unique ways she influences our lives.
This post might serve as a public service announcement to all the fathers out there to get ahead of the mall rush and think about how you can appropriately appreciate all the moms out there. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge, as a responsible fatherhood leader and practitioner, how important mothers and women are to the work we do for fathers, children, and families.
Women have been engaged in supporting responsible fatherhood as researchers, practitioners, policymakers, advocates and mothers for decades. We are particularly grateful for the mothers and women who:
- Pay attention and respond to social misrepresentations of fathers in popular media
- Work and volunteer for Fatherhood organizations
- Challenge policies and services that reflect gender bias
- Write blogs and editorials about the importance of fathers in the lives of their children
- Understand and respond to the needs of fathers facing special circumstances such as financial crises and incarceration, and
- Put the needs of their children first by encouraging and supporting the positive involvement of father in the lives of their children, regardless of the status of her romantic relationship with the father.
These are just a few examples of how moms and women influence the field of responsible fatherhood.
So for this Mother’s Day, and everyday, we want you to know how much you are appreciated.
Happy Mothers Day!
Kenneth Braswell, Director, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse