The Role of a Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. Being a mom is a life-changing role that comes with responsibility and joy. It means nurturing, caring, and loving a child unconditionally. Being a mom involves more than just giving birth; it encompasses an committed grounded in the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of raising a child. Therefore, it is important to celebrate all the women, who have fallen in that role, serving as grandmothers, aunts, friends, cousins, sisters, and godmothers. For some, the teachers and counselors also serve in this role.

When you think about it, being a mom or serving in that role, is about guiding, teaching, imparting valuable life lessons, and instilling values and principles that will shape their character. It requires we serve as role models, lead by example, displaying kindness, empathy, and resilience.

Ultimately, being a mom is a lifelong commitment. This role transcends time, and the role model must weather the ups and downs associated with that role. For the mothers, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, godmothers, sisters, and family friends, serving is this role is a remarkable experience. Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy your day.

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall

Let’s tell our stories.

Portrait of four successful women

Women’s History Month is celebrated worldwide to commemorate and encourage the study and celebration of women’s vital role in history. This celebration reminds us that by recognizing and honoring these accomplishments, we can continue building a better world for everyone.  The National Women’s History Alliance, which helped to spearhead the movement, has announced the women’s history theme for 2023, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

Throughout the rest of 2023, the NWHA will encourage the recognition of women, who have been active in all forms of media and story telling such as print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more.  Here are three ways you can help recognize women accomplishments and share their amazing stories.

Host a book club

Host an in-person or virtual book club featuring books written by women or about women experiences.   Select a book that highlights how women have contributed to and inspired others to act. 

Volunteer some time to help others

This is a great time to help local shelters and community centers for disadvantaged women and low income women by volunteering your time.  

Mentorship for young women

One of the best opportunities we have during Women’s History Month, is the opportunity to inspire the next generation.  Take some time this month to encourage young women to pursue fields where women are currently underrepresented.. Through exposure to successful female professionals, young women can gain confidence and feel empowered that they can reach their goals. By highlighting female trailblazers we can spire future generations to dream big and believe they can also impact the world.

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall

Determine how you will succeed in 2023

Well, can you beleive it? We are fastly approaching the end of another year. If you have not done so, I recommend you review the year, and identify key highlights. My highlights will include the things I am grateful for, lessons learned, new adventures, and challenges.

Evaulating the year, is very important as it relates to growth. We have to identify the good as well as the bad. The good experiences are a reminder of our success, goals achieved, and a sign we are moving forward. The challenges we experienced are, lessons learned, opportunities for improvement, and a reminder of growth. Growth is a great part of our awareness, and from that awareness comes true transformation. Finally, transformation allows us to move forward and experience a greater expansion of our lives.

I also recommend everyone conduct a personal SWOT Analysis, to identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is an exercise, I love to use in classroom with students. When you can identify and understand these crucial areas, you can use this information to your greatest advantage, as you move through the new year.

Therefore, as we move through the final day of 2022, take a look back and identify some highlights. Conduct an analysis of your personal landscape, and decide what you will leave in 2022, and what you will take into the New Year. Celebrating the good times is always important. Learning from the challenges, helps to prepare us for growth, expansion, and success. Determine how you will succeed in 2023.

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall