“A busy mother makes slothful daughters” goes a Portuguese proverb. Is it really so? Numerous questions pop up, one after the other and one starts scratching his/her head for wanting answers to these leg-pullers! In what context the proverb came up, no one knows. But, deep within, everyone would be happy if this proverb fails; especially the mother !
Working mothers nowadays are playing SUPERWOMEN, without a doubt. Juggling tens of household chores with as many outdoor ones! The challenges modern mothers are facing, are definitely a lot tougher than what they used to be, even a decade ago. And with familial/parental support systems collapsing, working mothers are shouldering responsibilities, hitherto they weren’t used to. In such a situation, working mothers need the support of their immediate family members to a very large extent, to strike a balance between their professional and family lives. And, if that support comes from their daughters, they’d be the happiest lot. One reason for this is the fact that their loving daughters will be playing SUPERWOMEN, a few years down the line!
Support could come in all forms; it could be a simple task of ironing her clothes, doing some everyday-shopping, small-time help in the kitchen or dropping/picking mom to/from the office...anything that saves a couple of minutes of her valuable time; anything that helps her offload even the smallest of burdens. Time is the most precious resource on earth and anything that helps her cut down a few minutes from her routine chores is equivalent to as many minutes of quality time earned. If daughters are sensitive enough to this fact, it’s the greatest support a working mother can get from her.
The paragraph above talks about support in a tangible form. Another kind support that a working mother would be extremely happy to receive comes in the form of ‘peace of mind’. A mother is a mother, after all; immaterial of whether she’s a working mother or a home maker. Her concerns regarding her daughter has many facets and if left unaddressed, those concerns may turn into stressors. Through the course of life, mothers provide valuable insights to their daughters regarding various aspects of life. And, this is done with honest intensions. If daughters are sensitive enough to understand the concerns of their mothers, it’s yet another support they’re extending to their mothers; just because this assurance acts as a magic, showering ‘peace of mind’ on mothers.
Daughters can play a pivotal role in introducing their mothers to the new ways of the world. Life today is getting literally invaded by newer and newer technologies every passing hour. Generally, as people age, they find it difficult to cope with such changes in the atmosphere. Daughters, being younger and more receptive to new technology can help their working mothers cope with this change gracefully.
Even the smallest act of goodness extended by a daughter to her working mother works wonders in further augmenting a bond that is inherently strong and wonderful. A bond that makes one exclaim, “1 mother + 1 daughter = 2 best friends”.
Tags : Mother, Daughter, Working Mother, Superwoman