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Today is the big day. As we spend time celebrating Mother’s Day and reflecting on what our moms mean to us,  I thought it’d be fitting (and fun) to look at 10 quotes that perfectly express the love and gratitude we are all feeling today. From Abraham Lincoln to Stevie Wonder, there are definitely some gems here. 

Once you’re done with the day’s celebratory meals, coffee, wine, gifts, and laughs, share these powerful words of wisdom with your favorite woman in the entire world: 

1. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Jewish proverb

2. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie

3. “I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” – Maya Angelou

4. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder
5. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

6. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – unknown

7. “A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.” – Washington Irving

8. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom
9. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
10. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

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With us now just under two weeks away from this year’s Mother’s Day (May 14), it is the perfect time to begin pondering creative new gift ideas for our favorite person in the entire world. After all, a sign of truly caring for someone the way we care for mom is giving them a thoughtful gift.

The truth is that selecting the perfect gift for someone you love can be a stressful task – especially if it’s the woman who lovingly raised you. Finding a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift that shows what she means to you while also being something that you know she’ll love might seem like a tall order, but it’s more doable than you think. Plus, one of the great things about moms is that you can pretty much guarantee they’re going to love whatever gifts you give them.

Whether she loves to squeeze in an early morning workout or spend the afternoon curled up with a good book, there is definitely a thoughtful gift out there just waiting for your mom’s unique personality. The best part is that you don’t really have to spend a fortune to show your mother how much you care.

With prices ranging from $10 to $100, you can easily find the perfect gift to celebrate the woman who changed your diapers, taught you to read, and hauled you and your friends all around town before you could drive on your own. Here are 5 thoughtful gift ideas guaranteed to make Mom happy on her special day. 

1. For the chef at heart

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Rather than taking your chances by buying a kitchen gadget that your mom may or may not want or need, you should sign the two of you up for a cooking class. You are often able to choose between a demonstration class in which the chef does all the cooking and a hands-on class that is pretty much all you. Either way, every time she makes that very special meal, she’ll think of you and the quality time you spent together.

2. For the bookworm

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If your mom is like mine, she loves nothing more than diving into a good book. With countless genres of books by a plethora of acclaimed authors, a subscription to Book of the Month just might be the perfect gift for your favorite bookworm. Subscriptions are now more affordable than ever before, with prices ranging from $45 for three months to $144 for a year. If you want to invest in spending more time together, you could also buy the same books for yourself for the purpose of starting a mini book club.

3. For the fitness guru

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It seems that everyone nowadays is obsessed with physical fitness, and moms are no exception. Help your mom pursue a healthier and happier life by buying her a fitness gift card that will encourage her to engage in her tried and true exercises or venture into a new method of getting healthy. Fitness options abound, with yoga and meditation classes currently all the rage. If you have a higher budget, perhaps finding your mother her own personal trainer is the best idea.

4. For the wine connoisseur

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I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s pretty much a universal thing that moms love wine. After all, they had to deal with us as kids, right? Whether she likes red or white, you might be shocked at how much she will appreciate you buying her a bottle of her favorite wine. Not only can you buy her a bottle of wine, but you can also take things to the next level by combining her favorite wine with a set of simple wine glasses and a few carefully selected food items.

5. For the green thumb

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When I think of gorgeous green gardens, I think of moms. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables. I miss those days. Luckily, there are a ton of options for those moms who own a green thumb. A gardener’s apron, rolling garden seat, or garden clogs are just some of the thoughtful gift ideas for those mothers who find peace and pleasure in their garden.

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One of the best gifts we can give our mother is the knowledge that we want a legacy similar to hers.

Mother’s Day is a time to look back, an opportunity to reflect on how caring and supportive our moms have been. As it should be, Mother’s Day is a day for showing appreciation for the countless ways in which mothers have positively impacted our lives. It is the one day of the year when we consciously shower our moms with affection and honor. While we spend time with our mothers in the here and now, our thoughts are often focused on the past as we recall our childhood and all the times our mom was there for us.

For me, however, this year’s Mother’s Day feels different. As the holiday approaches, memories of my beloved mother have me anxiously looking ahead, rather than reflecting on the past. Inspired by all that my mother did for me while growing up, I am increasingly concerned with how I will be remembered by my children. I am overwhelmed by a strong desire to live up to my mother’s example. In short, I want to be to my children everything my mother was to me.

I hope that my children remember me as a caring, loving, and supportive mother and friend to others. I pray that my children think of me in a positive light, even when I had to discipline them and teach them the difficult lessons of life. I wish for my children to someday realize that they have always been the most important thing to me, and that I consider them my greatest achievement. This is how my mother made me feel as a child and beyond, and I so desperately want my kids to feel the same.

Flowers, gift cards, and jewelry can reflect a certain amount of our love and appreciation for Mom. At a time when we all feel pressure to buy the perfect Mother’s Day gift, perhaps our moms would most appreciate knowing that all we want as parents is to be remembered as we remember them. That all we want is to live the type of life they have lived.

This year I feel as though one of the best gifts I could give my mother is the knowledge that I am determined to live a life that leads to a legacy similar to hers. I am confident that my children will be fortunate if I succeed.

Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours!

 

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Even at this age, kids are masters of imitation. Listening, not so much. 

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

It is quite possible that the eyes are far greater tools for learning than the ears. At least it seems that way when I notice that our children are much more likely to do what we do, rather than what we say. Very often our actions carry greater weight than our words, so let’s remain aware of what we are doing while our kids’ eyes are upon us. They will, at some point, imitate what they see. That might seem like a cause for concern, but in reality, it is not. We are fortunate to be the ones who have a golden opportunity to positively influence our children’s actions by carefully monitoring our own.

 

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Unlike the ever ticking clock, me-time really is your friend.

In my last post, I suggested taking an occasional brief break from everyday life to spend time with someone you probably tend to ignore: you. I also mentioned some very simple ways to make that happen:

“Time alone can be as short and simple as spending an hour in your favorite corner of your favorite bookstore, sipping coffee and reading a magazine or book. It can be taking a drive along a scenic road while you listen to the sounds of the radio or the voice inside your head. It can be sitting on a bench in a park. A brief respite from those around you can happen without spending lots of money or fully disconnecting from the life you know.”

In this post, I want to further persuade you to seek alone time by listing the ways in which me-time can benefit you and your kids. After all, the most important thing we do as parents is take care of our kids. To do that to the best of our abilities, we must properly take care of ourselves.

Me-time is important for the following reasons:

  1. Getting away from stressful situations (even for a little bit) leads to less anxiety. And everyone knows that an anxiety-free mom is much more likely to be a happy mom.
  2. You are pretty much guaranteed to take better care of your young ones when you have spent time taking care of yourself.
  3. You will rediscover the parts of your identity that you might have lost while being the super mom you’ve been. It is so important that we prevent ourselves from being a one-trick pony – even if that one trick is the most important thing in the word.
  4. You will discover a suddenly revived spirit pertaining to all things “mom.” You will have more energy, patience, and tolerance for your kids – and for everyone else in your life.
  5. Being wise with how you manage your time sets a great example for your kids. They also learn from an early age that mental health and taking care of one’s self is an important part of maintaining healthy relationships. The sooner your kids realize that your me-time is a positive thing, the more willing they will be to give it to you.

I hope I’ve convinced you that one of the most effective things you could do to be a better parent doesn’t actually involve your kids. By giving yourself the occasional healthy dose of me-time, you will ensure that you give everyone around you your very best you.

 

 

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Sad Songs Say So Much

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Elton John knew the power of a sad song. 

I always thought it was ironic that Elton John’s 1984 classic “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” is a bouncy, upbeat tune with a feel-good melody. Despite its message, it does not at all sound like a sad song. But there is no denying that “Sad Songs” resonates with anyone who has tuned in to a particular song for the purpose of reliving the bad vibes of a break-up, the loss of a loved one, or the end of a friendship.

In the second verse of “Sad Songs,” John perfectly summarizes why it feels so good to listen to songs that make us feel so bad:

If someone else is suffering enough to write it down 
When every single word makes sense
Then it’s easier to have those songs around
The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
and it feels so good to hurt so bad
And suffer just enough to sing the blues

John is pointing out the fact that every now and then, someone captures in their lyrics exactly how you are feeling. It is strangely cathartic to hear someone put into song your feelings of loss and regret – especially if that someone is a popular singer whom you admire and respect. There is a certain comfort that comes from hearing them share their pain, which, perhaps surprisingly, sounds similar to your pain.

Every once in a while, we simply cannot put into words our sadness or sense of loss. Sometimes it is due to us trying too hard, and sometimes it is because we don’t try at all. As John sang in the chorus of “Sad Songs,” one of my favorite things about music is that there is always a song there to do it for us:

When all hope is gone
Sad songs say so much

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