Written by Charlene Hartung


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5 May, 2022

Motherhood means survival to me. My kids have carried me through dark times, more times than I can remember. They give me joy and happiness and a sense of completion. They remind me who I am, because I so often see myself in them. They are my reason to do right and be good every single day of my life.

Ann- Margret, Mother of an 8 and 12 year old. 

Motherhood is one of the most daunting experiences, with no manuals or guides, but it’s also the most rewarding with daily opportunities to learn new skills. I would not change a thing. My children are my reason for living and they give me strength to pursue each day with a grateful heart.

Natasha, Mother of a 7 and 12 year old. 

Motherhood means 3 things to me! “Unconditional love” … “A superhero with invisible loving superpowers”… “Being present in the best way you can”. ?

Michelle, Mother of a 6 and 8 year old. 

Being a mother means that you are entrusted with this gift to protect, guide, love, provide and mould them to be the best versions of themselves. Being a present mother is often an undervalued roled that has the most value in a child’s development.

Charmaine, Mother of a 9 year old. 

Motherhood to me is a gift (especially after 3 failed pregnancies). A gift often taken for granted.

Being a mother allows me to go far beyond my “natural” capabilities, I often feel somewhat superhuman. What a mother is able to endure from pregnancy to the birth of her precious little baby, and right through her child’s growing up, is more than a pen can tell…

I think of the saying: “there is no cry that can equal the cry of hunger” and I think to myself : “there is no love greater than the love of a mother”.

Charis, Mother of a 7 year old.

Motherhood is feeling a combination of hormone-induced tears at the thought of your child’s pain, covered up by their warm cuddles, feeling their little hands embrace you and knowing everything will be alright.

There’s a saying (don’t quote me on this) that having a child is like your heart roams the world outside your chest every day. When I see the way my mom is still so involved and tries to “kiss away the booboo” of her 35 year old daughter I realize that feeling doesn’t change or go away.

Being a mom has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do, and sometimes, honestly, the rewarding moments are sparse, especially when kids go through challenging phases of their own  and your last molecule of serotonin is taking a break from you. 

What I can say is this: loving your bebbies through it all makes everyday better, in every circumstance. Praying for them brings you peace. Helping them through tough stuff and realizing they trust you is a bigger reward than anything money can buy.

Keep it up, Mama. You’re built for this, even when it’s not fun. 

Hayley,  Mother of a 4 and 9 year old


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