You matter

“She made each one of us feel we were her favorite”.

This sentiment was shared recently by a granddaughter as she spoke at her grandmother’s funeral.

What a legacy that is!

Years ago I spoke with an elderly woman who had raised five children as a single mom, working full-time.  They were a close and united family still, and I asked her how she managed.

I never forgot what she told me – and have passed it on to many parents – “I didn’t have much time, but I tried to share a moment each day where each child felt – knew – “I am my mom’s favorite”.

It’s so interesting, isn’t it, that we are constantly bombarded with products and toys and trips and activities that we can offer to charm our children, make them brighter, more curious, feel loved.

When, actually, it’s so much more simple than that.  What we need to give and what children want, what children will remember, deep down – is to feel a connection with those they love, to feel that they matter.

On this upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, I extend warm and heartfelt wishes to all the moms I know whose hearts are so full with love for their children.

I hope you all know how much you matter.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014!

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