Sunday is Mother’s Day. Across the country fathers and kids will be serving their wives and mothers through flowers, home-made gifts, cards, jewelry and breakfast in bed. Our oldest, Josiah, even volunteered that I should take all the kids somewhere fun and let mom have the day to stay home and rest. He is a smart little guy isn’t he. Regardless of how the appreciation is shown, mothers of all ages will be soaking up the attention on their one day of fame and recognition. Rightfully so I might add. Mothers are simply amazing people with super human powers we dads will probably never fully comprehend.
Oddly enough, once Monday comes around life returns to normal. Most moms remain over worked and under appreciated. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t do everything. However, even in today’s world of two working parents, the mother still performs the bulk of the house work, food preparation, and well, mothering. On the other side of the coin, those that choose to stay home with their kids are often looked at as less capable or less effective in our career and performance driven culture. So, what if we did something to change this? What if you did something to change this. What if… What if motherhood was considered and treated like a profession? How would this change our perspective?
Well, believe it or not, this is already being done. The Hearts at Home conferences are considered by many to be continuing education and job training for full-time, family focused, intentional mothers. Hearts at Home offers at least two two-day conferences a year as well as numerous books and web resources. The conferences provide sessions on just about everything including organization, homeschooling, discipline, healthy cooking, and passing on values just to name a few. In their own words:
Hearts at Home is a Christ-centered organization that encourages, educates, and equips women in the profession of motherhood. Hearts offers various resources, including conferences, events, trade books, a website, an online newsletter, and a radio program to encourage mothers. The goal of all resources is to provide encouragement, personal growth opportunities, new ideas, fresh perspective, and renewed vision for the vital role of mother.
I couldn’t begin to explain all the details or benefits of this resource here. I can say from personal experience (Kim attends as often as possible) that this is an amazing service for the entire family. We would never dream about working in a professional career without regular training and education. Why should motherhood be any different? (fatherhood shouldn’t be either, but unfortunately there is not a resource similar to this out there for dads)
On this Mother’s Day I challenge the husbands out there to give their wives a big hug and kiss and tell them that you respect their roll as a mother and want to start honoring their profession for what it is, hard work. Then set down and work out the details to allow her to attend a Hearts at Home conference. I promise, you will not regret you did. If you are curious and want to get a little better taste for what the conferences are like, there are several videos on the Hearts at Home site as well as on YouTube.
I know there are others out there that attend Hearts at Home regularly. What do you enjoy most about the conferences? Is there anything else you would add about this amazing organization? If so, let us know and have a Happy Mother’s Day!