I met with a mom last week who's interested in commissioning a portrait of her first child, a two-year-old boy.
I asked her, like I ask all of the moms I meet, to talk about how having a child has made her experience love differently.
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One of my favorites scenes from the movie, Bridget Jones’ Diary, is when Bridget is alone with Mark Darcy at a friend’s dinner party. She’s putting on her coat to leave what has been an awkward and embarrassing night as the only single person in a room full of Smug Married Couples, who all want to know why she’s not sprugged-up yet (that's British for married.)
Every parent wants their children to know they are loved unconditionally.
It can be hard, though, to express that in a meaningful, lasting way. Because of the values of the world we live in, it’s so easy for kids to grow up believing that their worth comes from their achievements, looks, and the opinions of others.
Being a mom is one of the most rewarding jobs on earth. Every day you nurture and protect these little ones, helping them to become the people they're meant to be. You play hide-and-seek with them, cover their boo- boo’s with a bandaid, and teach them manners. You tuck them in, say their prayers, and wish them sweet dreams.
Being a mom can be a daily battle with worry. The moms I work with tell me that their number one fear is that they just aren’t doing the right thing or are not doing enough as a parent. They are afraid of missing something, whether that’s a moment, a season, or a stirring in their child’s heart. They fear for their children’s welfare, and want to protect them from physical and emotional pain.