Childfreedom discusses what Mother’s Day is really all about.
I don’t think anyone would disagree that parents do so much for their kids (if they are parenting correctly, anyway) but here’s my question. Why should a person be honored and worshipped for taking care of their responsibilities? A person makes the choice to reproduce and bring another person into the world, so shouldn’t it be expected that they will take care of the being they produced? It’s not some heroic act of charity and kindness that propels them into caring for their children – it’s duty. Do they really deserve a national holiday to thank them for meeting their responsibilities? We have 3 cats who we chose to bring into our household, so we take care of them. I feed them twice a day, hubby cleans their litterboxes and we give them lots of love and attention every day. This is the responsibility that comes along with having pets and we knew this going in. We chose to have them, so we must take care of them properly. That makes us responsible. It doesn’t make us saintly or deserving of a national holiday to celebrate the wonderfulness that is the pet owner.
It all comes back to the persistent mythology in our culture which defines parenthood as the most saintly, selfless and important role a person can undertake in life.