Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and women around the world were celebrated because they have given birth to children. Hallmark sold millions of cards, and many flowers and gifts were given to women out of love. Churches across the nation had special programs, gave out white and red corsages, had luncheons and such to celebrate mothers. Elementary schools helped small children make wonderful gifts for their dear mothers. Many calls and texts went out just to say “Happy Mother’s Day”. Despite having lost my own Mother a few years ago, I had a wonderful Mother's Day.
There were a group of women who did not get phone calls or texts. A card did not come in the mail and no one celebrated them at church. In fact, they didn’t even see the children they care so much about. Some spent the day alone feeling neglected and unloved. What women with children were not celebrated on Mother’s Day you ask? These are some of the women who have married a man with children and are now considered Stepmoms.
Did you know that Sunday, May 17th, the Sunday after Mother’s day has been deemed Stepmother’s Day? Wow, a day set aside just to celebrate women who have taken on the sometimes thankless job of being a stepmother. Did you know such a day existed? Hallmark doesn’t advertise it nor do stores and flower shops offer stepmother's day specials. It’s just the Sunday after Mother’s Day to most. I am thankful that I was appreciated by both my children an my stepchildren on Mother's Day, but not all stepmoms were so fortunate.
Here are 4 reasons Stepmother’s Day should be celebrated.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach