To My Mom, Who Taught Me What Strength Is

To My Mom, Who Taught Me What Strength Is

A girl's mom is her first female role model, and mine has shaped me in so many ways.

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Mom, I know you have had, to say the least, a challenging few years. I want more than anything for you to know how strong you have been and all that you've taught me. I think the biggest compliment you can give a woman is to say she is strong, women are so often expected to sit idly by and allow the world to happen to them and, recently, you have shown me how to turn that around. You don't allow the world to happen to you, you cause things to happen that improve your own happiness and well-being. I've learned from you that true strength comes in asking for help when you need it and sometimes sacrificing your own needs for those closest to you.

The motivation you show constantly trying to improve yourself is so admirable. Every time I come home I see more positive changes that make you a happier and more complete person. You have taught me that only I can control my own happiness and that I need to constantly find ways to make my life more enjoyable. You work to the same extent to make life better for your daughters, always giving us what we need and that little extra love and support that gets me through a lot of rough days.

It is said that young girls don't see themselves in leadership roles because they don't have a lot of female role models in leadership roles. I am so grateful for all of the amazing things you have accomplished and that you continue to show me the capabilities of women in the workforce, all while being a phenomenal Mom. You encourage me to do anything and everything I could ever dream of, allowing me to make my own decisions and never confining me to expectations. In fact, you stand up for me when people confine me to their expectations of what I should be and I can't thank you enough for it.

You have taught me to prioritize my own well-being, telling me constantly to stop trying to please others when doing so hurts me. The way you support all of my decisions yet consistently try to teach me the right way to approach them has taught me how to handle the world and allowed me to learn from my mistakes. You never reprimand me or tell me I'm doing poorly, instead, you allow me to navigate the world myself and trust that I can make good choices.

You are independent and empowered Mom, and you have more strength than you know. I will never stop learning from you and hoping that I make you proud. You make me so happy to be a part of a world where women like you exist and where mothers encourage their daughters to be everything they are capable of. I love you Mom and I hope you continue to find all the happiness in the world, I believe in you so much!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Motherhood Gives Women Skills That Are Beneficial No Matter Where Life Them

I believe that the impeccable and sublime phase of motherhood is what actually causes a young girl to fully blossom into a vibrant young woman.

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Growing up shouldn't necessarily mean moving onto the next level in your life and becoming completely mature for your age. Actually, it should also be a "glowing" phase in your life. Honestly, I have been under the impression that growing only refers to aging physically and the eventual understanding of a person's countless responsibilities/duties.

However, I have begun to realize what the "glowing" aspect of growing actually means. It is when a young girl gets married and then proceeds towards the next phase of life called motherhood. This is exactly when the evolution of the young girl actually begins.

I believe that the impeccable and sublime phase of motherhood is what actually causes a young girl to fully blossom into a vibrant young woman. I'm saying this due to my recent conversation with my mother, aunt, and grandma. I began by asking them what was the most fruitful journey in your life? All of them answered by saying that motherhood shaped their life extensively and further provided them with another full-fledged reason to live.

In other words, they have briefly mentioned that babies are just like flowers that have to be nurtured immensely in order to fully bloom. After hearing this, I have fully understood why women tend to glow the most when they are expecting! In fact, the biological process of creating life and then bringing a couple's symbol of love into the world is indeed an amazing feat.

It is astonishing how motherhood can change a woman's life remarkably. During our conversation, I was able to learn how much hard work is dedicated toward nourishing a child and their overall upbringing. I'm forever grateful for what my mom has done for me and is still doing for me till this day. It takes an enormous amount of stamina and courage to effectively bring up a child and I have carefully observed my mother throughout the years. Essentially, women are no longer completely free to behave irrationally and impatiently. Motherhood exposes them to many life-changing skills, many of which revolve around time management and patience.

On the other side of the spectrum, once a woman becomes a mother, they have to make some important career-changing decisions. Many mothers become working mothers and some become stay-at-home mothers for some time. Some mothers tend to devote most of their time playing and taking care of their children just like my mother and grandma. Whereas, many women are awesome at both balancing work and their motherly responsibilities.

I'm from the school of thought that women are free to decide what they want best and they shouldn't be restrained from venturing out and advancing in their careers. Excelling in their careers is an incredible delight if they have full support from their family and are able to actively balance both responsibilities.

A mother's love is unconditional and we will always be indebted to them for bringing us into the world. Finally, I would like to give a shout out to all the amazing super-women out there who have proved to be affectionate, creative, and impressive role-models for their children!

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