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My thoughts on Mother's Day

May 11, 2013

I love being a mother.  It is the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I have ever done and will ever do in my life.  My children are teens now: Alex is almost 15 and Chloe is 13.  They are what I describe as "great kids."  But that does not mean I haven't had my moments of stress, difficulty, sadness, anger, frustration and fear.  I worry about them daily! 

What mother doesn't go through those emotions? None that I know.  Every day, I marvel at the people that my children are, and I ask myself: "how am I doing? Am I being a good mother?"

I am aware on almost a daily basis of my primary goal and objective in being a mom, which is to raise happy, kind individuals who are confident in charting their own course in life.  I try to offer guidance but freedom at the same time.  I want them to know that I always have their back, but at the same time, I want them to understand that they must take responsibility for their successes and failures.  The other thing I love about being a mother is that it challenges me to become a better person.  Everyday, I feel like my kids teach me.  

On this mother's day 2013, I want to give a special shout-out to my mother, Dorothy, and all moms out there.  I also want to give love to all the women who aren't 'natural' mothers, but who are mothers in the true sense of the word: they love and nurture someone and place that person's needs and interests ahead of their own.   This might include step-moms, godmothers, foster mothers, surrogate moms, and more!

Anyone can have a baby, but it takes someone special to be a MOTHER.

Happy Mother's Day!


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