Read the article 'Lessons on motherhood from Mary' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Why as Catholics do we consider Mother Mary, the model of motherhood?
2. When young writer, Dinelle Hettiarachchi, says that motherhood is about embarking on a whole new life. What do you think she means by this?
3. What are some sacrifices that your mother or parent(s) has made for you? Why is sacrifice a natural part of motherhood/parenthood?
4. Why is motherhood/parenthood 'about striking a balance between protection and freedom'? What happens when parents are too protective? What happens when parents are too hands off with their kids?
5. Why do parents have to learn to let go of their kids? Why might that be difficult for them? In what ways do you see your parents having a hard time letting go of you?
1. Interview your mother or one of your parents about the way their life changed after they became a parent. What sacrifices did they have to make? How did their view of the world change? Did they change friends, jobs, homes or even cities after you were born? Are they different today than they were before they had a child? How has parenting changed them?
Write up your interview as an article, using quotes, and if you feel comfortable read your mother or parent’s journey to parenthood to your class.
2. Break up into groups of three or four and create a presentation on why Mother Mary is the model of motherhood. You can use a poster board or put together a digital presentation. You’ll want to focus on what sets Mother Mary apart from other mothers. What can we learn about motherhood from Mary? Why should she be held up as a model of motherhood?
Teachers should give time for each group to present their work to the class.
For younger students
Create a poster about what makes your mother or parent great. You can use photos of you and your mother/parent together and words or symbols to describe what makes your mother or parent number 1!
When you’re finished share your poster with the other students.