Mother’s Day might be about breakfast in bed, flowers or candy, or even a diamond tennis bracelet for some moms.
But for many, no purchased gift is necessary. They just want to be appreciated for doing one of the toughest jobs on Earth.
All the moms I know agree that motherhood is like riding a roller coaster of emotions — the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Each new (and terrifying) experience teaches us raising kids is not a job for the faint of heart, though it’s completely natural at times to question our own endurance, if not our sanity.
Through infancy, adolescence and into adulthood, the role of motherhood inevitably changes, but the desire to maintain the maternal bond tends to remain constant.
Trouble is, as children gain their independence and the maternal-child relationship shifts, expressing our love and admiration for each other may become more difficult, if not strained.
So what do mothers really want to hear from their kids, regardless of their age? I surveyed a few dozen moms to find out what they'd love for their kids to say to them, and some common themes emerged.
1) Two simple words: "Thank you."
Motherhood can be a thankless position, with long hours and little recognition. More often than not, the job description requires you to put others before yourself and soldier on, even when you are physically and emotionally exhausted — not that anyone notices.
Two small but powerful words can make all that altruism worth the price. Thank you.
We all need to hear specific and genuine praise from time to time, especially from the ones who mean the most to us. As human beings, gratitude is what motivate us, and helps us to feel a sense of self-worth. When it comes to Mom and the endless things she has done for you, can you ever really say Thank you enough?
2) "I’m happy."
If the pursuit of happiness is the driving force of the human condition, it's fair to say that most parents would gladly leap tall buildings to ensure their children’s happiness. The happiness we’re talking about here isn’t the over-the-top giddy type of joy.