Editorial: Who’s your mommy?

A never-ending number of monikers apply to moms. Even those who have a full-time career with its own title can add caregiver, career consultant, confidant, relationship adviser, therapist and life coach to the list, to name a few.

But why stop at a few? When the multitasking involved includes being a referee, fashion consultant, hair stylist, chauffeur, short-order cook, doctor/nurse and part-time psychiatrist, the position seems to require a master’s degree from a top university for proper qualification. Yet, somehow, moms inherit just the right combination of skills to fit every problem, every question, every moment.

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Sure, dads can handle most of these areas, too, or can they? In a world of political correctness, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt, but can they? Look at the list again and decide. Perhaps the answer can wait until next month. After all, the title above is not: Who’s your daddy?

For anyone who takes their mother’s qualities and guidance for granted, Sunday is an official makeup day, but they can pay it back for a lifetime. The commercial aspect of Mother’s Day just serves as a reminder, for anyone who needs one, to ensure maternal parents feel appreciated for all they have done and continue to do for their children, whether they are toddlers, teenagers or grownups.

Not every relationship can be perfect. If your mother can be your worst nightmare on occasion, keep in mind that you more than likely fit the same bill for her back in the day, although she probably kept that to herself.

If your relationship is broken, attempt to fix it, or at least mend it. Despite what you may have thought at times growing up, she knew more than you did then, and knows more than you do now. Learning never stops and your mom will always be years ahead in experience and knowledge. It is a resource well worth nourishing, protecting and remembering.

If your relationship with your mother is good, relish every moment, consume every bit of advice and store it for sharing with your own children when the time comes. They will be amazed at your diverse collection of knowledge and skills, and will have no idea (for a while at least) that it all came from grandma, and/or her mom, and so on, and so on.

Even moms who doubt themselves daily and wonder if they are making the right choices somehow manage to convey confidence, conviction and strength on the outside. From the child’s perspective, they may have the odd flaw, but they are also perfect in every way.

 

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