Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, right? But sometimes, moms have a hard time feeling grateful, even if they lead seemingly rewarding lives. I wrote this piece last Thanksgiving in an effort to free moms from the pressure to be grateful. I think this message is even more relevant this year, given what’s been happening in our country. It can be hard to feel appreciative of what you have when acts of terrorism and civil rights infringements have become a regular occurrence.
As I say in the piece: “It’s okay if you try to think of something to be grateful for but can’t. It’s okay if you are grateful for some aspects of your life but not others. It’s okay if you have everything in the world to be grateful for and still don’t feel happy.”