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A letter to my child.

By Diane Landsberg

Every year on Mother’s Day, we are allowed to acknowledge and honor this special woman with cards, gifts, a possibly a special meal. What if this year things get switched around? Think about writing letters to your children, regardless of their age, about how you appreciate and love being their mom. Every day is filled with busy schedules, appointments, carpools, laundry, shopping, preparing meals, and so much more. When did you last express how proud you were of your kids? Expounded on what a wonderful human being they are. Too bad there isn’t a Hallmark card specially designed to purchase. So make your own….even take a risk to make up a poem. I saw this online; the author is unknown. “To my child. If I could give you one thing in this life, I would give you the ability to see yourself how I see you every single day. Your inner beauty, your kindness, how happy you make me, and how proud I am of you. Perhaps then you would understand how special you are to me, our family, and all that know you.”

Giving praise can be easy, and we should do it daily. Children will repeat their good behavior and look for times to catch them being good, which can be at any age. Toddlers and teens can be a challenge but watch closely and mention it. I have witnessed a child smile ear to ear when their moms tell someone else in front of them how special, kind, thoughtful, and helpful they have been. Keep in mind to acknowledge effort, not just results. A few examples are: You are so creative: You should be proud of yourself: You got it: You’re amazing: Today was your best day: It is a pleasure to be your Mother….you get the idea. Unwavering, unconditional love is the best gift you can give your child.

I am a “saver.” I have kept cards, letters, and notes from my children and grandchildren. On this Mother's day, gather with family. I plan to bring out everything to go through the box with all. I am sure it will embarrass the adults, but I am sure their children will enjoy seeing what their parents did as a child.

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