‘A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.’  ~unknown

Mother’s Day is for celebrating and giving way to recognize all kinds of moms: young ones, older ones, some with 10 kids, some with just 1; nonetheless, today is a day to celebrate HER! Don’t waste the opportunity.

Here’s a look at 10 reasons why moms are important; and of course, yes we agree, there are more than 10.

1. If it weren’t for your mom, you wouldn’t be breathing right now. If nothing else, you should thank her for that.

2. Mothers are the emotional backbones of the family. They provide the holding place for everyone’s feelings and do their best to keep us from being hurt.

3. Who would kiss your boo-boos to make it all better if she weren’t around? Mothers have the magic touch (and kiss) to help us heal our wounds, physical and emotional.

4. Truly, our mothers worked hard and made sacrifices, so our lives would be better. There are not a lot of people willing to do that, so let her know you appreciate it.

5. Mothers are forgiving—so forgive her in return. Perhaps nothing will be as valuable a gift to both of you as forgiveness. Open your heart and drop your resentments. Now that’s love.

6. When you want to climb the tallest mountain, your mother will make your lunch for you. She is the one who will support your dreams when no one else will. She will also remind you to wear clean underwear.

7. Her boundaries made you a better person. You may not have liked some of her decisions, especially when you wanted to party with your friends, but she did keep you out of trouble. Look at some of some of your values and morals and embrace what you acquired.

8. A mother’s ears and eyes hear and see everything. They also have a computer-like memory for all the good (and some of the bad) that came your way. It’s nice to have someone with whom you can reminisce about your whole life.

9. Mom taught you to be a functioning adult. That was her job, and without that, making it through the modern world would be very hard. Your mom may have forced you to do your homework, or eat your peas, but now you see how important it was.

10. A mother’s smile, when it is directed toward you, makes your day a whole lot better. All she needs is to know that she has helped you to be and feel your best. Say thank you.

Make Mother’s Day special for her, and it will come back to you. There is something beyond words to express to the person who helped you to walk and talk, who gave you your first puppy, who helped you with school, and who gave you all the love she possibly could. Show her you care by acknowledging her value in your life. And if you don’t have your mom around, take a moment to embrace all that your mother passed onto you as a functioning individual. If not anything else — acknowledge all the ‘moms’ you may know.

 

*Portions reprinted from Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. 5/10/13 Psychology Today