"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." ~George Washington
One of the many innate values of women is our ability to give birth. Whether you have (or can) ever have a child, you were born with reproductive organs. This is unique to our gender. Not only that, women overwhelmingly dominate the field of elementary school education and child care facilities. We raise the people of this world.
Women have an incredible talent for multi tasking. This makes us perfectly suited to the rigors of raising children. We can listen for them while keeping track of something cooking in the oven and know when to put clothes into the dryer, all simultaneously.
Women have the patience for raising babies. It’s not that men have no patience. But we have more of it, especially when it comes to kids. Many men simply aren’t equipped with baby raising type patience. We get up in the night almost endlessly with them when they are either sick or just sleeping only a few hours at a time. Sometimes it seems like they only sleep during the day, right?
Last week at church, I noticed some of the women and how they handled their babies. With an infant on one hip while holding the hand of her toddler, one young mother managed not only a pleasant conversation with friends but knew when the older of her children needed a drink and the baby was getting tired. Another was needed to participate in a Sunday school class so handed her baby to another woman who eagerly held him on her lap and got him to laugh.
It’s sobering to know that all people, no matter how famous or influential, were carried to term and born of a woman, almost always with great pain. Historically, whenever women got married and contemplated childbirth, they had to factor in the very real possibility that they might die. Having babies was not nearly as safe as it is today. Still, they didn’t shrink from either getting married or getting pregnant. So, women are very brave and always have been.
Sure, there are bad mothers but most of us try really hard to love and raise our children the best we can. I know, there are men who stay home and raise the children while their wife works. I’m sure some do a great job. But by far, most babies are and always have been, raised by us.
If you’re a mother, know how important and unique you are. If you aren’t, know how valuable you are; just being a woman. Women are natural nurturers and provide our unique type of “mothering” to all those we love and work with because relationships are important to us.