Mothers are the love-givers.
Whether a son or a daughter is the recipient, giving love well is still very difficult.
Showing respect, offering protection, holding one’s temper, and being fastidious in perseverance of all aspects of good parenting are equally hard regardless of the sex of the child.
Being a mother is tough work.
I decided to write on mothers for two reasons:
First, after I saw the overwhelmingly positive response to the encouragement I gave fathers in Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, I realized that there's a scarcity of encouragement out there, not just for fathers, but for mothers too.
Second, over the past 30 years, I have witnessed a shift in the level of stress that all mothers feel.
I believe (and research supports this) that mothers are more stressed today than they have ever been.
I wanted to drill down and find the sources of the stress and offer solutions to mothers in a positive, encouraging way.
I also learned one extremely important lesson very early on as a pediatrician:
If I really want to keep kids emotionally and physically happy, the best thing I can do for them is help their mothers.
Once she's happy, I didn't need to worry about the kids.