There is nothing quite like having a mother or grandmother who loves and supports you. You know they are in your corner. You are certain that they care and want the best for you.
To be a good enough mother, you don't have to be perfect.
Even if you don't get a mother who is loving, life may present you with the opportunity to be that kind of mother yourself, or serve in a supportive 'mothering' role to other young people whose lives touch yours, perhaps as an aunt, a mentor, sister, or friend.
Being a supportive mother takes transcending self and caring as deeply for someone else as you do for yourself.
Mothering takes patience, especially when your child is pushing away from you or testing all the limits at certain developmental points.
Good mothers set limits and boundaries, and set a tone of mutual respect within the family.
Good mothers encourage their children to develop their natural strengths and interests, and try new things. Their belief in us helps us believe in us, too.
Mothering takes endurance and resiliency because there are a lot of days of cooking meals, helping with homework, getting the children up, tucking the children in, meal times, driving to school, sports, and lessons, and a million other little daily routines that are up to you to make happen.
Good mothers teach their children independent living skills all along the growing up years. They foster independence.
Mothers are needed when your child is discouraged, and you try to give them a word of encouragement to pick themselves up and try again.
It is from being loved by mom that many of us learn to attach, love others, and feel safe.
Good enough mothers apologize when they make mistakes. They role model being kind, forgiving others, and forgiving yourself for your imperfections.
Mothers often teach us to recognize our own feelings, and be aware of how our behavior impacts other people's feelings.
Being a mother is a powerful responsibility, and an opportunity to leave the world a better place by the children you leave behind. As Mother's Day approaches, let's honor mothers who made or are making a positive impact, and be aware of the importance of nurturing others when and where we can in each of the lives we each touch. Being a mom can be one of the most meaningful, transformative experiences in your life. It has been for me.