You don’t have to bow to the pressure to be grateful

Here’s a piece I wrote for Scary Mommy, about coping with the pressure to be grateful at Thanksgiving:

It’s November, that time of year when the gratitude-industrial complex once again launches its campaign to educate us about the endless benefits of gratitude. When everyone from NPR to Oprah urges us to be thankful for what we have.

And who has more to be thankful for than mothers? We are blessed with beautiful children, whose love and smiles fill our lives with joy and meaning. Some of us have worked super-hard to get these children, putting ourselves through arduous fertility treatments or adoption processes. We don’t need Thanksgiving to remind us to feel over-the-top grateful. Look at all we have! Our lives should be a virtual cornucopia of gratitude. Right?

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