Reflecting on my  Daughters this  Mother’s Day……

My wish for my daughters is that they become women who are not just good – but great! There is a quote by Eve Ensler that I love,  “Good is towing the line, being behaved, being quiet, being passive, fitting in, (striving to) being liked, and great is being messy, having a belly, speaking your mind, standing up for what you believe in, fighting for another paradigm, not letting people talk you out of what you know to be true.”

My deepest desire is that my daughters  become great women.  it is up to me  to teach and show them through example.  It means not trying to change or correct then to fit some mold that is not their own.    It’s allowing them to be authentically gloriously  themselves.

Since my girls are young (ages 4 and 5) I often ask myself the question, “How will I know when I’ve done my job well?  It will not be benchmarked by their external accomplishments.  While I certainly wish they have academic success, pursue a rewarding career, have financial freedom, and build their own loving family –   I’ve come to realize that if I raise this my  daughters exemplify kindness, generosity, integrity,  if they have a spiritual purpose, a heart for service,  and compassion for the world in the people in it, only then, will I have done my job – well!

If I could wish for one things on Mother’s Day, it would be that my daughters know deep in their bones for the rest of their lives how much they are loved,  cherished and adored.    They are the source of  so much joy and inspiration and being their Mommy is the greatest gift and blessing of my life.

Happy Mothers Day!


Ingrid Kellaghan

Founder, Cambridge Nanny Group