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None of us would be here if it were not for our mothers. And, no one we know would be here, for the same reason. This world would be a pretty lonely place if it were not for mothers.

I find the universal nature of motherhood inspiring, and I hope that you will, too. I encourage all of my patients to use Mother’s Day as a way to open our hearts and build community. Of course, you should call your OWN Mother (and some flowers never hurt, either). I also encourage you to give love to anyone you know who is a mother.

Check out retirement homes in your area—they are filled with moms who don’t get a lot of visits. See what the policy of the facility is, and see how you can give some mother-love today, and throughout the rest of the year.

1.  For instance, musical groups often perform pro bono — if you love to sing or play the piano, there may be a place for you in front of lots of adoring grandmas. Start practicing your Sinatra standards, and the score of “South Pacific.”

2.  Likewise, hairdressers, estheticians, massage therapists and nail techs may offer their services at no charge at these facilities — is that something you’re qualified to do?

3.  Look into being a docent who helps residents with scrapbooks, or writing and mailing letters. This is especially helpful for residents who have reduced vision needs.

4.  Offer to read to residents who can no longer read themselves. A friend of mine has enlisted her 10-year old daughter to read to a few elderly people who no longer have their eyesight in a retirement facility, on Sundays. This is a powerful experience on many levels.

5.  Join one of the volunteer teams which brings approved pets into the facility—it is amazing how much joy our animals give us!

6.  Even simpler: donate gently worn clothes, including kids clothes, baby clothes, baby items (like wipes, disposable diapers) and non-broken, clean toys, to a women’s shelter. Most of the women in women’s shelters are mothers.

If you yourself are a mother, I salute you! And that goes double if you are an expectant mother-to-be. Will you do me a favor? Wear shoes which stabilize your heel and support your arch. This is extremely important during the natural weight gain of a pregnancy, and equally important afterward when you are on your feet for the next 18 years or so.

Yes, I do know. I am not a mother—but I have three kids.

By the way, yes, during a pregnancy, your feet will gain a size, permanently. The ligaments and tendons which create and shape the natural arch of your foot will be under growing pressure, so I recommend a pair of DoctorInsole™ over-the-counter, affordable orthotics to give those arches support.

Thank-you to all of the world’s moms!

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