If you’re like me, you carry in the back of your mind an image of the ideal mother. Maybe she keeps the house impeccably clean, or bakes bread twice a week. She has a successful career. She juggles, with apparently no effort, a large brood of children while also feeding the homeless and training for the Olympics. Her lipstick never rubs off and her minivan is clean. Her kids never get carried out feet-first during church.
But here’s what I know about motherhood: it is not one-size-fits-all. Certainly there are qualities that make for better mothering, but a good mother comes in many forms.
I was reminded of this last week when my mother-in-law, Vivienne Lewis, was honored at the American Mothers Convention in New York City for being named Oregon Mother of the Year.