Thursday, May 8, 2014

Journeying Together: Moms Need Support

journey:  passage or progress from one stage to another: the journey to success.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." - Osho

Spiritual leader and teacher Osho shares incredibly wise words about motherhood - a journey that transforms us from women into mothers.  Motherhood has a truly transformative quality.  Where we begin and where we are today are inevitably different, perhaps slightly or perhaps unrecognizably so.  At the Holistic Moms Network we honor this transformation and talk about motherhood as a journey because it is a long road of travel, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and psychologically.  There are triumphs and failures, adventures and trials along the way. 

Whether the road is hard or easy, simple or chaotic, the journey of motherhood is best traveled in good company.  Spouses, partners, and family members are by our sides, but nothing seems to enrich the journey more than the presence of other mothers who offer friendship, support, and advice.  "Mothers who have the help of people they trust feel more self-esteem, confidence as a parent, and struggle less to access information that helps them problem-solve for their bundle of joy," according to Psychology Today magazine.   Indeed, a wealth of research shows that mother-to-mother support is one of the most valuable ways to empower women on their parenting journeys.

At our very core at HMN lies this simple rule: moms need support.  It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, how holistic you may or may not be, or whether this is your first voyage or you are an experienced adventurer.  Surrounding yourself with support and community will be invaluable.  Bringing parents together, building communities, and creating opportunities for moms to journey together is the very mission and purpose of what we do here at the Holistic Moms Network.  And each May we honor moms and try to make the journey a little easier. 

Your support is what makes our non-profit community possible.  Each membership donation helps us sustain a Local Chapter, build a new one, provide information online or in person, or fulfill our ongoing mission.  In May we invite moms, dads, grandparents, expecting parents, caregivers, holistic healthcare providers, and others to join us to support this mission and help another on her own journey.  Join us in May - for yourself, for another, for all of us!