May 02, 2013

Mother’s Day Contest: Family Voices Asks You to Share What ‘M-O-T-H-E-R’ Means to You

Mother’s Day Contest: Family Voices Asks You to Share What ‘M-O-T-H-E-R’ Means to You

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2013 is the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day. This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, Family Voices is honoring mothers by offering a special, free contest asking families to share the meaning of the word ‘M-O-T-H-E-R'.

To enter, please go to

Entries will be received until Monday, May 13 (the day after mother's day). For the remainder of the month of May, the general public will be invited to vote on their favorite entries. The judging process will be announced on Family Voices' website at and Facebook page at The first place winner will receive a $75 Target gift card, the second place winner will receive a $50 Target gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. All entrants will receive a free one-year membership to Family Voices. The winners will be announced at the beginning of June.

There are many kinds of families, with different structures, traditions, histories, races, ethnicities, genders, and generations. Still, there would be no families without mothers - and no families of children with special health care needs. So, mothers are very, very important to the work of Family Voices.

This contest is open to families, extended families, and friends of families of children and youth with special health care needs. We are asking you to take the word ‘MOTHER' and share one word or short phrase beginning with each of these letters that together give a feeling or description of what ‘Mother' means to you.

Here is an example: MOTHER = Mentoring, Observing, Taking care of, Helping, Embracing, Renewing.

And there are an infinite number of possibilities! If you need a little help, we suggest you go to your dictionary (or online dictionary), browse through the words under a particular letter, and see what strikes your fancy.

Entrants are also asked to provide an original photograph from their life or family that illustrates what the word ‘mother' means to them. This can be: a photograph of your mother; of yourself, if you are a mother; you with your child or children; your child or children by themselves; or anything else that represents motherhood to you. You will have an opportunity to describe the subject of the photograph, and why you chose this image.

Mother's Day was officially declared in 1914 by a Congressional Resolution, signed by President Woodrow Wilson. So, this tradition in the United States is just 100 years old this year! The origins of Mother's Day trace back to 1858, when Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker, organized "Mother's Work Days" to improve sanitation and prevent deaths from disease-bearing insects and seepage of polluted water. Then, in 1872, Boston poet, pacifist, and women's suffragist Julia Ward Howe established a special day for mothers --and for peace-- not long after the bloody Franco-Prussian War. In 1905, when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, who was also named Anna, decided to memorialize her mother's lifelong activism by celebrating mothers. By May of 1907, she had facilitated a Mother's Day service on the second Sunday in May at the Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where her mother had taught. Daughter Anna Jarvis' campaign culminated in 1914 when Congress passed the Mother's Day resolution which was then signed into law by President Wilson. For more information about the history of Mother's Day, visit the National Women's History Project web site,

To enter Family Voices' Mother's Day Contest please go to

Family Voices honors Mothers, and the sometimes challenging, and tremendously important work they do in the world. We appreciate you!

For more information about Family Voices please visit, or contact,
Melanie Rubin,, 505-261-3214