Conscious Parenting and Mother’s Day Memories

Happy Mother’s Day! Every Mother’s Day I remember my mom, who passed away five years ago. I think of her often, and miss her voice and reassuring advice.

I realize that one day I will be gone, and my kids will be remembering and missing me too. I sometimes wonder, “What will they miss?” That causes me to reminisce about memories with my mom all the way from childhood to adulthood. I remember coming home from school to homemade chocolate chip cookies and lemon meringue pie, laying out in the sun all summer long, great music, and the fun outings we used to take in the months before she passed away. I cherish what she gave me in so many ways, and am grateful that she allowed me to give to her as well. We had a lot of fun. It makes me smile just to think of it.

This Mother’s Day make it simple. Embrace the moments you have together … with your mom and your children. If your mom has passed, like mine, take the opportunity to share stories with your children about the wonderful times you shared. And feel free to share the challenging times too. It’s part of life. Then, ask your children, “What are your favorite memories with me?” Make a note of those, and create more of those memories.

We are so fortunate. We have an opportunity to create memories consciously. That is so much better than wondering and hoping, and possibly regretting that we didn’t do enough, say the right things, or make a difference in our child’s life.

Life is about relationships. It’s about caring. It’s about experiencing joy with those you love. Do that with as many people as possible this Mother’s Day, and see what happens. Happy Mother’s Day!

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