Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Celebrate ‘mothering’:

Don't just celebrate mothers, but the gift of 'mothering' - which may come to or from unexpected quarters.
By Beverly Goldsmith
Date: May 09 2015
Tags: mother's day,
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Mothers! Everybody has one. And Mother's Day is as good a time as any to remember a mother's nurturing and caring by visiting her, or giving a gift or flowers. Here are the good reasons to celebrate mothering on this special day - it's good for your health!

Mothering qualities needed

In a world where violence seems widespread and a lack of humanity is often evident, who doesn’t need the calmness of mothering qualities to be expressed in their family or community?

Society needs individuals who speak gently, who are tender yet strong, and kind as well as considerate. Harsh words or actions inevitably engender bitterness. They never produce happiness, nor remove fear or sorrow.


  • Don’t let frustration or resentment threaten the qualities of heartfelt-mothering.
  • Take charge of what you say to others. “Speak gently, it is better far to rule by love than fear; Speak gently, let no harsh word mar the good we may do here.”  - David Bates.
  • Soften hard thinking and words. 'Mother' others through words of comfort and encouragement.
  • Be guided by my mother’s favourite rulefrom Walt Disney’s film - Bambi. “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”.

Give the gift of mother-love

When living far away from home for the first time, I became deeply homesick for my mother’s love and company. One sunny afternoon while walking along a beach, it dawned on me that I wasn’t separated from a sense of mother-love. Right there and then, I was cared for and loved. That moment of inspiration freed me of loneliness and homesickness. In the following months various women took me under their wings and 'mothered' me.


  • Be ready to “mother” someone who is cut off from affectionate family caring.
  • Give to others the gift of true mother-love that never neglects the health or well-being of a loved son or daughter.
  • Enact the beautiful imagery from the Bible of the mother eagle who stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings. 
  • Remember that everyone is cared for by a higher Mother-Love that dries tears, comforts us in times of trouble, restores lost hope and confidence and is constantly present to help and cheer us. 
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Heather Webster says: 2015 05 08

Thanks Beverley . It was lovely to read your article.  This kind of mothering takes place every day, no matter how old your children are!when they grow up they are there for you as a confident and friend

Betsy Bowers says: 2015 05 09

My oldest son sent me this article and I can’t wait to share it with many of my friends and relatives.  I’m 85 years old and I still feel my Mother’s love….....and my Father’s too.  It’s always there, and all I learned from their loving and caring they taught my brother and I. God Bless all God’s Children.

Heather Webster says: 2015 05 16

i learnt from my mother - the world is a beautiful place - there are so many wonderful people who really care

Simon D says: 2015 06 04

What a great bunch of thoughts! You simultaneously reminded me of my Mum and her memory and the idea that I myself can Mother others. There are opportunities everywhere to be motherly and we all possess the qualities to express them every day wherever we go.

Danielle D says: 2015 06 04

Everyone has mothering instincts and they all come from God.

Liz V says: 2015 06 04

What a great article.  Everyone, both men and women, can reflect these “motherly” qualities.

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