With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s impossible not to be thinking about everything moms do every day to care for their families. No matter what country, moms everywhere are tasked with one of the most difficult jobs ever. In every country, moms want what is best for their children and to provide them with a safe place and plenty of food in their bellies.
Moms do this every single day, without fail and with much sacrifice. Some moms work while others stay home. Some moms dress up in makeup and pretty dresses while others are more comfortable in sweatpants. Whatever moms wear doesn’t matter. Because beneath their exterior they are shrouded in a cape of excellence, one that allows them to perform superhuman feats on a daily basis.
In the world today, there are over 2 billion mothers. Each one of them, wherever she may be, has the same goal of raising a healthy child and providing them with the best start in life. While we mothers all have the same goals in mind, our lives can vary differently from country to country.
For example, in African countries, babies tend to cry much less. Despite many challenges, you’ll find African mothers dutifully wearing their babies wherever they go. The result is happier babies because their needs are always met. With mom always there, they grow up feeling secure even if mom is a master of multi-tasking.
In America, healthcare is ridiculously expensive and most moms return to work around 2 weeks after giving birth. The reason for this is because the US is one of the only developed countries in the world to not offer paid maternity leave. For most American moms, there is no choice regarding staying at home or going back to work. Argentina and Spain have among the lowest costs for giving birth in the world, while the US boasts the highest rate, certainly nothing to brag about.
Brazil and Germany have the best overall attitudes toward breastfeeding. Only a very slim margin of Brazilians and Germans see breastfeeding as something that is wrong.
In China, mothers are expected to remain in bed for a month without showering. This tradition comes about from the days when running water was scarce and bathing was done outdoors. Still, it is typically upheld today and the grandparents come to help care for the baby while the mom rests.
In both Egypt and Turkey, new moms are presented with a special drink in hopes of boosting their breast milk production. Meanwhile over in South Korea, moms are made to eat a soup called miyeok guk. It’s a seaweed soup that’s believed to hold restorative powers. They’re expected to drink this soup every day for 3 weeks to a month.
While we all have different traditions, customs, working habits, healthcare, and other factors, one undeniable fact is this: that when any of us see another mom, no matter what she looks like or where she’s from, we can relate to her. Because we all are one mom, and we’re all in this together.