As we approach this weekend, I couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day without sharing a few of my thoughts with you.
I have done a great deal of reflecting lately on my role as a mother. My two boys are ages 14 and 16, are rapidly approaching becoming young men. As I watch them slowly mature into young men I am struck by who they are becoming. My older son enjoys going out with girls and I spend a lot of time watching and observing how he is developing as a partner in an intimate relationship.
My youngest will enter high school in the fall and again, I am overwhelmed by what a fantastic young man he is becoming and his journey towards creating his independent identity.
While I recognize that there are differences between raising boys and raising girls, there is one thing that I know for sure is the same regardless. And that is that we, as mothers, represent what we hope they will either become as young women or will respect in women. We are one of the two MOST influential people in their lives¦and have an incredible influence on who they will become.
WOW¦what a tremendous responsibility and privilege.
They are watching our every move.
- The things we say and the way we say them.
- The choices we make.
- The way we behave¦and why.
As I counsel my boys through relationship issues (with friends and in early romances), accepting the consequences of their actions, and the challenges of having to make difficult choices, I realize just how incredibly pivotal our role as a mother is.
It is this recognition that has enabled me to strive towards becoming the BEST me that I can possibly be.
It is the inspiration behind every action I take and every word I speak.
I take the role of being a mother seriously and make every day an opportunity to teach them how to take bold and courageous steps towards creating their ideal life.
While it is a few years away, I can already feel the beginning of their separation from me and their desire to move independently along in their own lives. And I support them fully in taking those scary first steps towards self sufficiency.
I will consider it my greatest success if my children move forward with the clarity, courage and confidence they need to design their own extraordinary lives.
So with this in mind, I will celebrating my role as a mother this Sunday! My children and I will be joining my own mother to celebrate…after all, she is the one who modeled for me what an exceptional parent and mother is.
For those of you that are mothers, I hope that you will join me in honoring YOU and the vital role that you play in your children’s lives¦no matter what age they are!
Have a wonderful mother’s day!