The Real Reason May is Hard on Moms

We don’t like to talk about why May is so hard as mothers, but here’s the truth:

Our children have grown…and maybe we even struggle to see the child in them. 

Clothes that once fit are snug.

Appetites are no longer predictable.

And, y’all, my oldest can now READ.

Sure, we know that change is inevitable, but May…it represents a point of no turning back.

Those “first-day” pictures captured an innocence we see a little less of now. And we realize that time has passed.

For we, too, are now older. 

So, you see, May makes us contemplate more than just the crazy summer ahead. We have to think about the year that was — the year that slipped through our fingers in homework, extracurriculars, and emotions.

But, Mommas, I just want to remind you:

They won’t forget your smile or how you cheered.
They won’t forget that you fed them and wiped away their tears.
They won’t forget that you were right there with them…every day. 

And in this last year of life, it wasn’t just your child who grew.

It was your heart, too.


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Lauren Fortenberry
Lauren Fortenberry is a writer, speaker, and love enthusiast. A former educator and public health researcher, Lauren lives in Mississippi with her husband and two children.

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