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Mother’s Day is here again, and moms from all walks of life are looking forward to crayola-smudged, home made cards, a half-burned breakfast in bed with cold tea, new plants for the garden, and sweet kisses that will warm up hearts inside and out.

But this year, I realize Mother’s Day is not all about biological moms or adopted moms. I think Mother’s Day should be about the many women who “mother” children in some way or another.

I believe mother’s day is a great opportunity to acknowledge the circle of women who shape and mold their lives, and mine. Women like the grandmas, aunts, neighbors, teachers, counselors, mentors, or special ballet instructors- all of them deserve recognition for their role of mothering.

Can any woman mother alone? Ask one, and there is a strong change she will tell you it’s impossible. It takes a gaggle, a village, a LOT of people to raise a child. For mothers, it’s be a source of pride, hard work, surrendering all egos, and reaching for the highest common denominator.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who dare to mother outside the lines.

Want a great new twist on Mother’s Day, which sure to increase your happiness levels and make you smile? Write a group email or pick-up the phone and call to all the women who have touched your children(s) lives, and wish them a Happy Mother’s Day too.

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Here is an interesting article in the commentary column of the CNN.com/US called “Black Men Must Reclaim Our Children”. Thanks to fellow blogger Dan Tanner, who gave me the heads up on this article. The problem of black men not stepping up to their responsibilities in society pertains to not only to black men in Dominica but all over the world. Dads do matter, and it’s ridiculous for us to act as if all it takes is a loving mom.

Now I’m not saying that moms cannot raise their kids to be respectable people, because I’m a perfect example. My dad died when I was only five years old, and he left my mom with five children to care for. Like many single mothers out there, she raised us to the best of her ability. But there were times when I just wished that my dad was around to share certain experiences with which I couldn’t share with my mom.

Bottom line: I can sit here today and celebrate and enjoy a wonderful life because my parents were hell-bent on raising their children to do right by them, especially my mom.

Black men, it’s time to man up to our responsibilities, enough with the sperm donors. We need real men to stand up and reclaim our Children. The future of our boys is on us, and no one else. Aren’t time black men step-up? Let’s hear your comments.

Black men must reclaim our children [CNN.com/us]

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