What do you do when you see a mother hitting her child on the subway?
I don't know what the answer is. I wish I did.
I did nothing...Just shivered at the thought of what must go on when she gets mad at home and is not in front of hundreds of people.
Ironically I witnessed this public abuse on my way to the UN for a conference on the Celebration of Motherhood.
There was a panel of 6 or 7 women from all over the world that spoke about the importance of motherhood in society. It was inspiring and tear jerking.
I am so lucky to come from a home that taught monogomy and the importance of family. I am so lucky to have access to obstetric care. I am so lucky to have a loving husband that respects motherhood.
It is amazing the effect a mother can have on a child. From the nutritional effects from our milk that is becoming more and more amazing to the medical community for all of the benefits it offers- to the loving gazes and smiles you give your child in their first weeks of life that help form its limbic system- to the basic teachings of love and human kindness that come from being cared for... The list goes on and on.
It was very cool hearing women from all over the world fight for motherhood and families.
It put a lot into perspective.
Unfortunately there is a lot more fighting against the family than helping it.
I decided the least I can do is fight like hell for my own...
Anyway- it was a cool experience today. Being in the UN in a room of women from all over the globe discussing how important motherhood is. I have heard most of it before, but hearing it in a political setting rather than a religious one made it even more real.
And in case you didn't know- today is International Women's Day. Go celebrate.