Thank You, Mom #PutYourHeartToPaper

As a parent of older boys, I often think about what our relationship will be like "after."

After they go through the "I'm so embarrassed of you" 12 year-old stage.

After they go through the "Seriously? You're still trying to help me with my homework?" 15 year-old stage.

After they go through the "Can I borrow some money for the rent?" 22 year-old stage.

 

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I'll be thrilled with it if our relationship is anything like my relationship with my Mom. My Mom is truly my best friend–the one I can tell anything to without fear of judgement. The one who I can share my mistakes with, and the first one I want to call with good news, bad news, or no news–just to check in.

Though it took a few years after I "grew up" to realize this, my Mom has always been my biggest cheerleader. Now that I’m a mom, I want to thank my own mother for a couple of things.

Thank you, Mom, for being my cheerleader. Through my great ideas (writing a book), and the ones that probably didn't make you quite as happy (joining the Air Force at 17), you've been right behind me every step of the way. You've trusted my decisions and that gave me confidence. I hope I can do the same for my boys.

Thank you, Mom, for being honest. When my expectations weren't quite right, or I was about to make a decision that needed to be reevaluated, you found the words to encourage me to pause. You knew when to speak up and encourage my patience and logic, rather than tell me to stop. I can't imagine how difficult this was, and I appreciate your honesty.

Thank you, Mom, for loving me unconditionally. I know I wasn't always grateful for you, and you still went out of your way to help me in so many ways. I strive to do the same for my boys.

Tell me... what will you thank your Mom for this Mother's Day? 


This post is sponsored by Hallmark, who offered a topic as a prompt. The words and opinions of this post are all my own. 

Becca Ludlum of My Crazy Good Life is mom to two boys ages 10 and 14. She lives in the Arizona desert with her sons, husband, two dogs, and a bearded dragon named Billy. Becca is a blog mentor, tech writer at iPhone Life magazine, an online community manager for several small businesses, and a lover of flip flops and margaritas. 

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