Hump Day Open Thread

May 7, 2014

What’s up?

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, which means there are a lot of inspirational stories out there.

This news story is a year old, but still heartwarming. It is about a philanthropist who single handedly lifted a town out of abject poverty by paying for childcare and in-state college tuition for all of its residents. Property values have gone up and the town’s high school graduation rate went up from 25% to almost 100%. Amazing.

And this “Open Letter of Love to All Moms” in BlogHer made me smile. A mother of four kids 10 years old and under offered 15 pieces of advice. While she obviously had no tips for moms with tweens and teens, I thought these two pieces of advice were timeless and wise:

…12. Don’t ever judge other mothers. When you judge others, your children can hear you. When you love others, your children can hear you AND feel it, too.

13. Don’t ever judge other children….

At this point I’ve met so many parents and kids — clearly all doing the best that they can — now I know better than judge or be smug about the way that I parent. I know that what works for one kid probably won’t work with another or what once worked for a child won’t work forever…Sigh.

Do you have Mother’s Day plans? What are they?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?