Maternity and MotherhoodIt is the time of year to celebrate our Mothers. Just in case you are wondering who a mother is and what she does, ponder these words that describe a mother: adopt, advocate, beget, bring forth, campaign, care for, cherish, cleanse, concern, contend, counsel, crusade, deal, defend, delivery, diagnose, encourage, engender, enjoy, fight back, foster, guide, handle, hold dear, labor, love, make clean, manage, nourish, nurse, nurture, occupy, parent, pregnant, press, protect, push, raise, rear, sing, struggle, sustain, talk, teach, treasure, vex, wish,  and worry.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the words that describe motherhood, but it is a good start.

Mothers are a common denominator for all of humanity, and come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Some are not even related to us by blood, but are chosen or adopted as life-long mentors.  Michele Zipp posted an amusing list of the types of mothers or caregivers that she sees at the park. Try to identify yourself or your mom below:

1. Fancy Mom – She’s in high heels, her makeup looks perfect, and you really want to know where she bought her clothes. You envy the fact she can run after her kids in a dress and still manage to look like a gazillion bucks. 

2. Pajama Mom – She’s comfy, cozy, and maybe doesn’t match, but she doesn’t care. She gives you ideas on what sweats would look best with what t-shirt.

3. Always Coffee In Hand Mom – She’s the envy of every tired parent at the playground because she always has her cup of Joe. But it does make some wonder … is it really coffee?

4. Cell Phone Mom – This mama cannot disconnect from her phone — talking or texting or scrolling. Maybe it’s for work, maybe it’s some social network, maybe she’s reading the mobile version of a magazine, but she’s on the phone so much you start to believe she does have eyes on the back of her head.

5. Photo Taking Mom – This mom must have full photo albums for each day because she’s snapping a picture from every angle, for every step her little one takes.

6. “Ack! Where Are My Kids?!” Mom – Let’s just say this mom isn’t paying a lot of attention to her kids.

7. Hovering Mom – And let’s just say this mom is the definition of a helicopter parent, not letting her child take one step without being rightherenexttoher.

8. Peter Pan Mom – Fun, free-spirited mom isn’t afraid to slide down the slide, get sand in her toes while building sand castles, and really get into playing at the park.

9. Loner Mom – This type makes no eye contact, and never smiles at the other parents. It’s clear she doesn’t want to be involved with even the smallest of talk.

10. Super Friendly Mom – Quick to smile and say hello, Super Friendly Mom remembers how old your kids are and even their names. She’s the mom who will text you asking for playdates.

11. Entourage Mom – This mom rolls with at least two other moms wherever she goes. It’s hard to tell whose kid belongs to whom in this group but they’re tight and are like the cool kids in the lunchroom.

No matter which type of mother you are or yours is, let’s make sure that we honor our mothers and the institution of motherhood this month. Imagine what the world would be like without mothers.  I wouldn’t want to live there.

Which type of mother did you have? What type are you? Can you think of another type of park mom?