This Mother’s Day Kind Culture Co. is paying tribute to the many types of mamas out there! Whether you’re a mom through birth, adoption, have fur babies, or have been a positive force in a child’s life, we celebrate you!
Here's a list of 10 mothers who have greatly influenced and inspired us. We hope they bring a little light and positivity to your day too. Let’s honor both those who have taken a traditional path to motherhood as well as those who may not have taken that traditional path, but helped raise, influence or love a child. Happy Mother’s Day!
1. Jamie O’Banion mother of 3 to Benton (11), Aubrey (7), and Gracie (4), CEO and Cofounder of BeautyBio Science on her aspirations for her kids-
"My biggest hope for my kids is that they find something they love to do and do it with passion because then it’ll never feel like work."
2. Hoda Kotb mother of adopted daughters Haley Joy (2) and brand new baby Hope, TV personality and author on discovering her true self-
“I know who I am now. I’m Haley’s mom, and I think I always was. But if you would have asked me years ago, ‘What are you?’ I probably would have said journalist, first. But now I know who I am.”
3. Ilana Wiles mother of Harlow (4) and Mazzy (7), Prominent mom blogger on “me” time-
“No matter how much you have to do for everyone else, try to squeeze in a bit of me time each day. It’s important to maintain your own sanity. If you need time away from your kids to be a better parent, that’s just as important as hanging out with them.”
3. Sara Blakely mother of 4, founder of Spanx on time with her kids-
I have traditions. I make pancakes in strange shapes every Sunday morning. I take orders for shapes and the bar is getting really high. Last weekend, my son wanted a knight on a horse.
4. Allison Klein, early childhood educator and founder of Rose + Rex- on creating play areas that spark development-
The primary misconception is: more is better—more stuff, more space, bigger budget. The truth is you don’t need much. The most mindful play spaces honor a child’s unique needs and includes a few high-quality, open-ended toys, which will provide continuous opportunities for learning and exploring.
Image via5. Rachel Hollis mother of 3, Jackson, Sawyer, Ford, and Noah,
Foster mom + author on embracing our differences-
“If time has taught me anything, it’s that our differences are what make this life unique. None of us are exactly like the other, and that is a good thing because there’s no right way to be. The room mom, the working mother, the woman without children, the retired grandma, the mom who co-sleeps, the mama who bottle-fed her baby, the strict mom, the hipster mom, the one who lets her kid go shoeless, or the one who enrolls her baby in music enrichment classes at birth—whoever, whatever you are, you’re adding spice and texture and nuance into this big beautiful soup of modern-day parenting. I can look at other mamas and learn from them. I can also leave the things that don’t strike me as authentic or practical for our family. You can do the same for your own. That is the beauty of growing and learning and figuring out exactly who you are.”
6. Jessica Alba mother to 3, Honor, Haven, and Hayes, Founder of Honest Company on promoting positivity-
It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.
7. Susan Petersen mother of 2 and Founder of Freshly Picked on juggling work, kids and “me” time-
There is a lot of flexibility and freedom since I'm the boss, so I try to make sure I schedule a time for it all. It’s also important to know when to get help from my husband, parents and hired workers when I need to.
8. Raegan Moya-Jones mother of 4 and Creator of Aden + Anais (who just had a book launch yesterday) on advice she gives to mamas seeking to start a business-
I have always loved this quote by John Burroughs: “Leap and the net will appear." My advice is, if you believe in your idea, then go for it. And make sure you have a really strong support base, especially if you are a parent. I could never have started this business without the unflinching support of my husband. He is my biggest champion and has stepped up so many times to pick up the slack with our four daughters and when I have been overwhelmed with all things aden + anais.
9. Ellen Degeneres-mom to 3 dogs and 3 cats, comedian, talk show host, and all around do gooder on authenticity-
Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.
10. Marilee Killpack, mother of 4 and cofounder of Gathre on fear and motherhood-
I know this gig I've got going is the best I could have right now. It sure ain't an easy one, i don't know all the reasons or the answers, but I love it. My fears over becoming a mother were for naught, as they usually are. This is were the good stuff is.
We hope this list of Mamas has brightened your day and brought some inspiration into your lives!
Kind Culture Company was founded by two mothers on a mission: to inspire and empower children to create a kinder world. Victoria Farmer and Jackie Konczol wanted to help create a kinder world for their children to grow up in, but more importantly, wanted to empower their children to create that change themselves.
The impact their own mothers had on the duo as well as the desire they had to be role models to their own children, caused them to seek inspiration from other strong and empowered women. They thank all of the women on this list as well as the many other women who have impacted them and their families and continue to contribute to our future generations to promote a kinder world.
Xo Victoria + Jackie