Today, Mother’s Day is a day of brunching, flowers, cards, and if we are lucky, a alone time. Or perhaps the saintly among us just get to hang out and relax with our children because we prefer that to gifts and parties. But do we ever stop and wonder, why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

I have spent 5 years (including during my pregnancy) celebrating Mother’s Day as a mother. While I am all about mothers being celebrated, praised, adored, put on pedstals, cheered and basically worshipped for the goddesses we are, I am just not feeling that lovin’ feelin’ for Mother’s Day this year.

If I’m being honest, I am just feeling a little bored this year. Just kind of over it all together…

So how did this whole tradition begin anyway, why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

According history.com, Anna Jarvis created the American version of the holiday in 1908. She was sponsored by John Wannamaker, the owner of a departement store in Philadelphia. The initial intention was to honor her mother. But like so many things in modern (or semi-modern life) it became commercialized.

Once it became a commercialized affair, Jarvis railed against it, and even pushed to have the holiday abolished. But by then it was too late. Mother’s Day had become far too entrenched for a cancelation.

In 1914 it became an official holiday in the United States.

The commercialization of Mother’s Day has only increased as time has gone by, and the reason we celebrate gotten a little lost. 

Over the last 100 years we’ve expanded this holiday to include the need to buy, buy, buy for moms. Though this is of course the trend for all holidays. Businesses want to cash in on any chance possible, even holidays as obscure as National Unicorn Day, let alone something more mainstream like Mother’s Day.

The last few years, commercial spending on Mother’s Day was over $20 billion. That’s BILLION.

On one hand, of course we as mothers deserve to be showered with gifts! We work our asses off all year long, and pour ourselves into raising tiny humans. We deserve all the presents. 

But…….

I’m going to be really thinking hard about why we celebrate Mother’s Day. Is this a tradition I want to continue, and if so, how? 

My husband and I have already decided we are no longer buying greeting cards. We recently went to a party for his niece, and instead of spending $5 on a cute little card that she would just throw away before the end of the day, he just stuffed a $20 bill in a regular business envelope and wrote on the outside of it. 

We all (or most of us) complain about the way holidays are commercialized, and at a time when Marie Kondo and minimalism are the hottest topics, maybe this is a simple place we can begin.

The temptation to conform to the expectations that special seasonal card section at Target places on us as we drive our little shopping cart full of kids and (mostly) essentials by is serious. But just maybe we can figure out another way to show our loved ones we love them on not just this, but all holidays.

How special is a card that millions of others moms are getting anyway?

 

And… does having this one day actually make our self-care and the credit we deserve a little flimsy and also less than we deserve?

When I was in school, I was never one of those students who judiciously studies throughout the course of the semester. No… I was a wait til the night before the finals and then cram until my brain exploded kinds of people.

Does Mother’s Day create a similar effect now?

Instead of having a reasonable level of self-care throughout the year, do we save it up for Mother’s Day as our one day we get to chill out? Or does our family save up their gratitude throughout the year and then just heap it onto us during one single day? Do you try to make up for all those times you meant to call your mom by being sure to call her on Mother’s Day?

Is this holiday a true celebration, or has it become more of an apology for the way we treat mothers the other 364 days of the year?

I’m going to say… yes.

I don’t care about Mother’s Day anymore.

Instead, I would love to have my well-being be a priority every damn day.

But if we decide we don’t want all the commercial BS, then what? How can we celebrate Mother’s Day?

Do we just give up on Mother’s Day? Our ONE freaking day to just get our due? To finally be recognized for all the work we do?

Not necessarily. There are other options.

Did you know the writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic was a woman? A mother? 🤰🏻 Her name was Julia Ward Howe.

She actually called on mothers to come together and use our power to promote peace. 

This is something I’ve pondered for a long time. We as mothers have so much power because we are the ones who raise the next generations. Men are more and more involved throughout our children’s lives vs. previous generations, but mothers still hold the #1 spot in influence over a child’s early development.

We have so much power to not only influence our own children, but also the world with this responsibility and power.

Let’s take back Mother’s Day as more than just a time that we get cards and flowers and mani/pedi’s.

Here is the Mother’s Day Proclamation from Julia Ward Howe written not long after the Civil War: (I don’t particularly consider myself “Christian,” and choose to read that aspect as a call to action for morality vs. a particular religion)

 

“Again, in the sight of the Christian world, have the skill and power of two great nations exhausted themselves in mutual murder. Again have the sacred questions of international justice been committed to the fatal mediation of military weapons. In this day of progress, in this century of light, the ambition of rulers has been allowed to barter the dear interests of domestic life for the bloody exchanges of the battle field. Thus men have done. Thus men will do. But women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. Despite the assumptions of physical force, the mother has a sacred and commanding word to say to the sons who owe their life to her suffering. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before.

Arise, then, Christian women of this day ! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears ! Say firmly : We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence vindicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of council.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take council with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, man as the brother of man, each bearing after his own kind the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women, without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient, and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”

Julia Ward Howe

How to Enjoy Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

For a lot of moms (and dads), being able to stay at home with the kids and ditch the 9-5 sounds like a fantasy. But once you’re actually at home with those kids 24/7, it can get a little monotonous (and chaotic) to say the least. It can be hard to actually enjoy it. So here are our 10 best tips on how to enjoy being a stay-at-home mom.

25 Inspirational Mom Quotes

25 of the best inspirational mom quotes for motivation, inspiration and commiseration. Enjoy these inspiration quotes mamas.1.The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. -Honore de Balzac 2. One of the greatest titles...

What Do Moms Want for Mother’s Day? (This Mom Shares the Truth)

Been wondering... what do moms wants for Mother's Day? Some people are just sooo hard to buy for, and while this is just my personal opinion, I'm about to let you off the hook and clue you in on what moms want for Mother's Day.This might be shocking to some, so...

Are Royal Births Different Than Ours?

Have you seen this meme? It's a glowing Meghan Markle with Prince Harry and the newest royal baby, Archie on one side. On the other side, is a typical family at the hospital after a birth, with mom rockin' some of our fav mesh panties.   There is no doubt that...

Giving Birth without an Epidural

If you're thinking about giving birth without an epidural, then you're in the right place. Some people might try to talk you out of planning for a natural childbirth, but with the proper mindset and plan, it is totally doable for most moms! (I gave birth without an...

Single Mommin’ It and Providing for Your Family

The hilarious and super smart Liz Meli-Wischman (now Marciniak) joins the MomUp Show this week to share how she has reached one of the highest levels of Younique through integrity, authenticity, and humor.  Mamas in MLM's or direct sales, listen up for this one! Liz...

Life Was Boring Before Kids

You ever finally get that precious alone time away from your kids and wonder... what the hell do I do now? As much as we need alone time for self-care, date night, or just to poop, so many times when we finally get it, we don't know what to do with it. And one thing...

Moms Who Drink: Is Drinking Out of Control for Moms?

There are viral posts both joking about how mommy needs alcohol to survive motherhood with these little dictators ruling our lives... Then there are posts all about how we shouldn't need alcohol to be a mom, and that the jokes about drinking and motherhood have...

The Truth About How Hard it is to Be a Mom

You can't prepare for it, and you can't understand it until you are living it. But it is so hard to be a mom. Momlife is no joke. Physically, emotionally, spiritually it changes and challenges you. Let's talk about the truth about how hard it is to be a mom, and maybe...

Re-building the Village: Creating Community for Moms

there might be a ton of reasons we sometimes feel divided as moms, but the truth is that any division that happens within the mom community are truly due to our lack of connection. While we may be a group that shares many things in common, we don't always feel like a...

They Grow Up So Fast: Learning to Go With the Flow in Motherhood

"They grow up so fast." You hear it over and over again from experienced moms, maybe your own mom, aunt, grandmother... and inevitably when you talk to a brand new mom, you say the same thing to her. The time goes so fast, they grow up so fast. You wish there was...

Rainbow Toys for Toddlers

Looking for rainbow toys for toddlers, or even older kids, that will add some color to their space? These toys are cool enough that you won't need to hide them away in bins, and they don't blare kiddie tunes that get stuck in your head allllll day. These 10 rainbow...

Natural Breech Birth: Making Confident Choices in Childbirth

Making choices in childbirth can be a nerve-wracking experience for many first-time moms, but that's the beauty of having a birth plan (especially when you end up with an unplanned natural breech birth).   Lisa Chin learned first hand the benefits of having a...

Dealing With a Picky Eater: Does Your Child Refuse to Eat Anything?

guest post by Melody Manwell. It's not just you mama. I know it feels like maybe you're failing when your kid eats about 3 items, none are healthy, and dealing with a picky eater is so hard! That's why Melody Manwell is here to shed some light on why your kid might be...

Easy Meals for New Moms

Meal planning can overwhelm anyone. Add a newborn into the mix and it can be downright impossible! But if you’re due any day now or just had a bundle of joy, read on for tips and tricks to survive the first three months with a newborn. These easy meals for new moms...

MomUp Episode 6 with Sammi Blaque

Being present, getting grounded, centered, self-love, self-care... this doesn't have to mean hours and hours of time we set aside away from our kids. We can do it in the moment and reconnect with who we are as moms through our body and through sensuality. Sammi...

3 Keys to a Strong Marriage After Having a Baby

by contributor: April Vaassen Just surviving can be tough, let alone thriving and making sure your marriage is staying strong after having a baby. But, mama, it IS possible. These three keys have helped me maintain a strong marriage after having a baby.   I often...

MomUp Show Episode 5 with Christina Johnson

As a mom, sometimes it's hard to just accomplish taking a shower. But we have to much potential we can tap into. So many goals we can achieve, and dreams to reach.  In this episode of the MomUp Show, I chat with Christina Johnson all about living your purpose and how...

MomUp Show Episode 4 with Ashley Hagan

Hey Mamas. Morgan here. You know, I rarely actually introduce MYSELF on episodes. But I'm the founder of momuprising.com and this podcast. I love hanging out with you every week, and I am so excited to present this episode. Ashley Hagan is a yoga instructor and brand...

MomUp Show Episode 3 with Aleia McDaniel

Self-care for moms is about more than bubble baths and brunches. It runs much deeper, and is a learned skill. One essential component is creating boundaries around self-care for moms.  Aleia McDaniel shares how she was able to create fierce boundaries for her...

Episode 2 with Sunshine Boatright

Moms. Give yourself some grace. We put the weight of the world on our shoulders, and our ambition is high octane sometimes, but we also need to show ourselves a minimum level of self-love and self-care.  Sunshine Boatright joins us on the second episode of the...

I’m a Mom, and I Don’t Do Dishes.

I. Don't. Do. Dishes. This isn't an exaggeration either. Even though I'm a mom, and my primary job is caring for my children, I have done the dishes less than a handful of times in the last year.    Yeah that might seem impossible... but it's true. I don't do...

The Best Nursing Bras According to Breastfeeding Moms

If there is one thing that changes after having a baby... it's your breasts. Chances are you don't quite recognize them anymore. Breastfeeding initially means your breasts are a lot bigger than they used to be and probably leaking milk on a regular basis. Once your...

What Self-Care Really Means for Moms? Being Your OWN Mom.

Self-care as a mom is almost a joke at this point. It seems like some luxury we will never be rich enough to afford either with enough money or time. We feel like we are always running on a deficit of either income or sleep. But self-care isn't about the mani/pedi's...

Episode 1 with Dana Skoglund

  If you struggle to create new habits, achieve your goals, and stick to and implement plans, then this one is for you. Dana Skoglund, yoga instructor and productivity expert, walks us through a little coaching session on how to achieve your goals as a mom by...

3 Reasons It’s Harder for Moms to Keep Resolutions

Every year I do it. I try to defy the odds and finally complete just one resolution. But as the years have gone by, it isn't getting any easier. In fact, it feels harder! Becoming a mom has not lowered the bar, and it's clear that there are more than a few reasons...

Welcome to the MomUp Show

Hey Mama, Nice to meet you. I'm Morgan, the founder of Mom Uprising. I'm here to help you reconnect, to find yourself again, even in the midst of the chaos of motherhood. As I type this, my 4 year old is sitting on my lap because she "wanted up." I know it's easy to...

Why I Ignored “Experts” to Embrace My Mama Bear Instincts

The mama bear instincts. They are strong. They are fierce. The truth is that we have all the wisdom we need inside of us as mothers. Do we value the input of others when asked? Of course. But the instincts we were given naturally are the most important compass that we...

Being Present Vs. Giving Presents this Holiday Season

Delete. Delete. Delete... I hit that button about a dozen times until my Amazon cart was empty. I had gone on a bit of an adding to cart binge while looking for stocking stuffers for my kids. What I had intended to be a minimalist Christmas filled with experiences...

Why You Need a Postpartum Doula

by guest blogger: Felicia Trumbauer Postpartum can be a wonderful blissful time of settling into your new family, or it can be a whirlwind of stress. With all the expenses associated with a new baby, sometimes it's easy to ignore why you need a postpartum doula....

What if You Don’t Have a College Fund for Your Kid?

Raise your hand if you haven't saved a dime toward your child's education. Feeling some guilt about that? The experts say don't! The idea of being able start saving for college may seem like a pipe dream. Yes, if you have some extra cash you can put away for your...

How I Feel About My Postpartum Body Now

This body... It has done amazing things. Birthed three children and nursed them for over 3.5 years combined. In one breath I thank every stretch mark. In the next I curse them. While I know this body gave me my babies, part of me can only see the imperfections as...

5 Productivity Tips for Stay at Home Mom Entrepreneurs

It's no surprise that the number one issue for a stay at home mom entrepreneur is time and productivity. The average mom only gets 17 minutes of alone time per day. That's barely enough time to take a shower let alone build a business. Let's see if we can find a...

The Best Tips to Succeed at Breastfeeding from Real Moms

Breastfeeding is hard. Yes it's natural, but it doesn't always come naturally to many of us. Bad latch, low supply, going back to work, pressure to supplement from doctors... the list of possible issues that can arise is long and can be complicated. A few...

I’m Not Ready to Be a Soccer Mom. Where Did My Baby Go?

Is this what a soccer mom looks like? In some ways I guess I lucked out to be a mom and a "soccer mom" in this era. We are blessed with things like SUV's and high waisted jeans actually being in style, a nice little perk for our distended postpartum bellies. And while...

This Real Mom Says Attachment Parenting is for Lazy Parents

written by Sarah of RealSimpleMama.com We attachment parents like to think of ourselves as martyrs. The benefits of attachment parenting are undeniable, but sometimes we lose that focus by dramatizing in an attempt to look selfless and noble. The media doesn't help...

Owning My Story of Postpartum Depression

The greatest resource we have to help us in our journey through motherhood is the knowledge other mothers share with us. But nowadays it seems scarier than ever to open and share with others because we are afraid of being judged.   This can be even harder if...

Moms: Have You Forgotten Who You Were?

By: Iman Gatti Have you forgotten... Who you were before the chaos? Before everything you did was questioned and scrutinized. Before the stakes were so high. Before all of this emerging and transforming. This tearing down and rebuilding. Before you became a mother....

5 Tips for Work Life Balance for Moms

Work life balance for moms is so elusive. So often our needs are put on the back burner for bosses or babies. But self-love and self-care expert, Eva Ponce, is sharing her best 5 tips for work life balance or moms.   To be successful as mompreneur involves momentum...

Being “Just a Mom”

Being called "just" a mom is offensive as hell. Any mother knows that this is the toughest job in the world. I've worked outside of the home, from home, and have also not worked while staying home with kids. I would always been quick to call out someone who puts down...

How Shame Stops Moms from Practicing Self-Care

How many times have you heard that self-care is essential as a mom? That we have to fill our own cup first, or put on our own oxygen mask before helping others? But the thing is... how often do you actually practice self-care?   We chalk it up to not having the...

Pregnancy Must Haves for First Trimester

These pregnancy must-haves for first trimester are absolutely essential for all the mamas out there on the struggle bus. First trimester morning sickness is no joke. As I type this out, my body remembers what it felt like to simultaneously feel like throwing up and...

Myths About Mom Entrepreneurs

I've been giving some thought to why some mom entrepreneurs are struggling with online marketing, why the term "mompreneur" gets a bad rep, and how we can bust some the myths floating around out there about mom entrepreneurs. Ready for me to get a little ranty???...

Emotions After Birth: All the Feels Postpartum

Postpartum. That vulnerable time after you have a baby is intense. The emotions after birth are some of the most poignant you'll feel in your entire life.  One night while I was up late with my twins right after their birth, I furiously typed out these words in an...