Sunday, 15 March 2015

Motherhood: What does it mean to be a mum?

On World Book day, my daughter was asked to go to school dressed as an 'empowered female character'.  She chose Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.  I love Arya, she's a fierce fighter who never gives up and never gives in.  There were, apparently, a fair few Katnis Everdeens (Hunger Games) and Tris Priors (Divergent) at school too - both strong, kick-ass heroines. 

But it got me wondering - do you have to kick ass and/or wield a sword to be a heroine?

On Mothering Sunday I want to talk about some of the women I find most inspirational, women who work for my favorite charity: SOS Children's Villages

SOS mothers are the inspiring women who provide long-term and nurturing care to orphaned or abandoned children growing up in an SOS Village. Each SOS mother looks after a group of children, and together they live as a family. The close bond and attachment that children have with their SOS mother often lasts a lifetime. 

This video shows what impact just one of these incredible women has had in her life. (Warning: have a tissue to hand!)

Worldwide there are more than 5,250 SOS mothers who care for almost 62,000 children in 546 SOS Children's Villages.

As a mother of two, I am humbled by the strength and spirit of these women who give their love to so many children who desperately need it.  They are truly inspiring; they are my heroines.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone.

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