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We Hope You Feel Honored This Mother’s Day May 2020 To All the Moms Out There

When I look back on my life, it is really easy to see how my Mother has influenced me. I am grateful she is still with us, living down in Utah, and that I have the opportunity to reflect on the ways she has positively impacted my life this Mother’s Day. Not everyone has a mom who raised them well, and some people had to grow up with no mom at all. My Mom would say she was not the perfect mother, but she was good for me. It is hard to decide where to begin when describing all the ways my Mother has impacted me. In light of what is going on in the world today, I am glad she drilled some pretty basic life skills into my brain, like washing my hands. She also taught me to control my tongue, to say please and thank you, and to look people in the eye when I talk to them. She taught me not to swear, and because of that, I still cannot swear today, even if I want to. “There is no love quite like a mother’s love, and kids know it. Whenever a football player or some other professional athlete is on camera after winning a big game, they never say, ‘Hi, Dad.’ They always say, ‘Hi, Mom.’” On top of that, she instilled in me practical skills that guide me through life. She taught me how to manage my money after I got my first job delivering newspapers. Before it was popular to talk about bullies, my Mother showed me how to handle them. Bullies never go away in life, so I am thankful for that lesson. Also, when she learned from other kids’ parents that I was too bossy with their kids, she disciplined me, but also told one neighbor mom who complained, “Well, someone has to be the leader.” She may have encouraged me a little too much, but what mom does not want their kid to believe they are special and smarter than they actually are? Maybe most importantly, my Mom was not a helicopter parent. She let me fail when I needed to, and that has probably helped me more in life than anything.

I owe my Mother a lot, and I am fortunate to have married a woman who has the same values and ethics and who cared just as much about instilling those values in our children. I am grateful to see my children have a quality mother as I did. When it comes to making sure a home feels warm and inviting and like a place where kids feel supported and loved, mothers are ultimately responsible for setting that tone. As a father, I can say there is no love quite like a mother’s love, and kids know it. Whenever a football player or some other professional athlete is on camera after winning a big game, they never say, “Hi, Dad.” They always say, “Hi, Mom.” No mom is perfect, but they all deserve honor for bringing us into this life. If you are a mom reading this, happy Mother’s Day to you. We honor you this Mother’s Day, and I hope you feel honored by your families every other day of the year too. You earned it!

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