In society we have old people’s rights, fetus rights, animal rights, hell there’s even tennents rights. But mother’s rights – what’s that? Mother’s don’t have any rights except what’s given by the World Health Organisation – a mother’s right to breastfeed. Don’t get me wrong this is an important right. Why am I not surprised that there aren’t more rights.

Sure there’s maternity leave – bravo! But on a broader social level I think there needs to be more of  a drive to recognise the value and worth of mothers. This is why I’ve called my blog ‘Mother’s Rights’ (the apostrophe is after mother because it’s for every individual mother). We have such an impact on our children and hence the world. If every mother brought up her children ‘properly’ – although this is obviously not measurable what is properly? So let’s say ‘consciously’. If every mother had enough energy to really grasp who her children are and what they need at every stage of their develpopment – wouldn’t that be creating a whole new, functional, happy generation?

Okay don’t hyperventilate – I’m not managing either to bring up whole individuals. But the concept is true and maybe if there was more awareness of the importance of mothers and their role we might begin to be better mothers. (A big NOTE here – there’s no such thing as a perfect mother. We all walk around with different pictures and fantasies of what kind of mother we should be rather than focusing on the reality of the mother we are. Another blog I know.)

So where to start with Mother’s Rights? Well I’d love to say with governments and the media but more realistically and effectively it’s OURSELVES who we need to begin with. We need to give ourselves permission to have rights. The right to excercise, the right to have a decent, sit down meal (I can see you rolling your eyes – if only, yeah right), the right to fill our souls as well as our children’s ones, at the very least the right to free parking so we don’t lose those ruddy tickets. Because who can focus on a 2 year old and a piece of paper at the same time?

It’s food for thought I hope. And if any of you have more ideas well comment, comment, comment. Only through commenting can we create a mother dialogue here. Do it anonymous in your pyjamas but please do begin commenting. Also if it’s easier subscribe. the blog comes right to your email which is especially great if you have your cellphone linked to email. I’d love to begin creating a mother’s forum. And this blog is just the beginning….

Speaking about food for thought – How about a Quinoa Salad Recipe – Healthy, healthy, healthy full of protein and easy to eat on the run.

Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

Quinoa (Pronounced Kinwa or if you’re like me and find that a tad bit too French – Kinowa – Up to you – what’s the right one? I don’t know.)

Italian Parsley – Chopped

Tomato – Chopped

Cucumber – Peeled and Chopped

Olive Oil

Lemon

Salt + Pepper

Method

1. Cook Quinoa – Follow package for how to cook or here’s a recipe I nabbed off the net. http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/basic-quinoa.php It’s like cooking rice.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp salt

Quinoa Cooking Directions:

  1. Soak the quinoa for 15 min in the cooking pot. Soaking helps quinoa to cook evenly, and loosens up the outer coating of saponin, which can give a bitter taste if not removed
  2. If you don’t have time for a longer soaking, use hot water and soak for five minutes
  3. To Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer at the last
  4. Drain quinoa well in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot, add 1 1/2 cups water & 1/2 tsp salt if desired
  5. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer
  6. Cook for 15 minutes
  7. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on
  8. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve

2. Chop Veggies small and add to cooled down Quinoa

3. Dress with Olive Oil + Lemon + Salt and Pepper. I don’t have measurements. So make it according to your taste – old fashioned recipe I know. But do it have fun with figuring out how much veggies you like in it (I like alot my mom in law likes very little) and how you like it to taste.

Bon Appetite in a healthy way!!!!