It was a near miss but all part of the holiday fun.
Walking the bush track near our home on ANZAC Day the other week, we passed many families. Maybe it was because it was a public holiday, or because it was such a beautiful autumn day, but we had never seen so many families on the track.
Not too many seemed up for a chat, except one family.
After apologising for her son’s (aged about five years old) skateboard narrowly missing my head, as he attempted a flip off the embankment, we assured her that we were all fine, “We have four boys!”
“Oh”, she said, “Aren’t girls so different to boys, in every way?” We agreed quite heartily, and then she proceeded to launch into quite a lecture as she espoused the modern-day mum’s perspective on the differences between the genders.
Maggie Dent, she assured us, is the go-to fountain of all knowledge for Australian parents.
Maggie Dent, BA, DipEd, DipCounselling, has four boys of her own. Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators. She has a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and is an undisputed ‘boy champion’.
Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.
Another organisation that supports sons is called Mothers of Sons, grown-up sons this time, who struggle with injustice and unfair treatment, family court bias, feminist legal systems and false allegations.
Mothers have always loved their sons. Mother’s strive to understand and stick up for their sons and are quiet observers as well as active champions through their struggles in life. I notice all the time the understanding that one of my daughters-in-law has for her boys. She is incredibly patient with the sensitive lad, teaching him how to negotiate his emotions yet able to challenge the younger dare-devil boy to be honest as well as caring.
Often, but not always, there seems to be a special bond between mothers and their sons, as well as fathers and their daughters.
John Meyer’s song “Daughters” is a lesson to us all.
Hey dads, your mother loves you. She will always love you. She poured out her love for you by carrying you for nine months and then giving birth. Then she did her best to raise you for all those years.
Mother’s Day is next Sunday. As well as appreciating the mother of your own children, think of how you can love on your own mum.
Gifts are an option, but sharing a loving memory you have of her would make her day.
Write her a letter or card sharing a thought of appreciation for the mother she has been for you. I remember my own dear mother still had a card I had coloured in when she passed away at 95 years old. I remember that card, I remember how special it was when I gave it to her. To think that she kept that particular card, along with a treasure from each of her four children, is a very lovely memory.
Encourage your children to do the same. Get them to draw a picture, write a letter or card expressing some of the reasons they appreciate Mum.
She won’t forget it, and she will probably keep it forever.
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