Celebrating Mother’s Day: Mom’s the Word!

celebrating mothers day

It’s interesting to me that when we want to express how important something is, we describe it as “the mother of all….” It reminds me that while dads are hugely important, of course, moms not only rock, they often are the rock! [Tweet This]

This isn’t the only figure of speech that celebrates moms. So as we anticipate Mother’s Day this year, let’s look at a few other phrases that point us to some of the many ways in which moms play such an important part in children’s lives. And let’s not forget the many women who may not have a direct family link, but who have been loving mother figures to others, nurturing and loving.

Perhaps thinking of some of the different ways “mother” is used will spark a new appreciation for what your mom may have given in your life or help you and your children to come up with some creative ways to celebrate the woman who is now their mom.

Maybe reflecting on how moms the word in some different ways will help you ensure she is honored well, and even inspire 4 meaningful ways to honor your mother on Mother’s Day. The ideas that follow could be part of your purposeful celebration.

In Praise of Teachers

teacher appreciation

As the school year closes and the final bell sounds, I have a special message to all those wonderful teachers who have blessed our children all across our nation.

Thank You…

For inspiring our kids’ sometimes wandering hearts and minds…
For channeling their energies into productive pursuits…
For loving our kids when they needed someone to love them…
For reinforcing the values we are working to instill in them…
For positively influencing the course of their history in the making…

As parents, we are naturally inclined to unconditionally love our children. It’s a choice, but it comes from a biological, adoptive, familial and spiritual connection to them. As teachers, you choose to love on and invest in children without those familial bonds. When we see someone care for, take an interest in, and love our kids the way you do, our hearts are full.

As I wrote once before in praise of teachers, teachers are too often underpaid, underappreciated and rarely recognized. Yet as dedicated professionals, you shape minds, stretch imaginations, challenge thinking, and mold character. You help us build the legacy that will lead our nation into the future.

Here are some of the ways that that you loving teachers make a huge difference for good in the lives of our kids.