Why these days are challenging and how to cope with hard feelings
For many people, Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day are some of the most challenging days of the year. If you struggle to cope when these days come around each year, you are not alone.
What is the origin of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?
Did you know that Anna Jarvis, the woman credited with founding Mother’s Day, regretted doing so and even campaigned to have the designation rescinded? She had envisioned the day as being one to honor one’s mother and the care they gave their children.That is, a quiet honoring at home. She was appalled by the commercialization of the holiday that ensued including flowers, candy, cards, jewelry, etc. Father’s Day was designated afterwards to complement Mother’s Day. Today, Mother’s and Father’s Day are often accompanied by a barrage of advertisements and social media posts by companies, celebrities, and our own family and friends.
Why are these days challenging?
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be very challenging days because for many they represent loss. For others, they may feel they are bombarded with images of families who do not look like their families.
Whatever the reason or reasons, if these days are challenging for you, be sure to make a coping plan.
Remember, if Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day are difficult days for you, you are not alone in feeling this way. There are many reasons why people find these holidays challenging, and the founder of mother’s day herself regretted what the day has become.