My Biggest Fan

My Biggest Fan I knew you were on my side, even when I was wrong.

 -Taylor Swift, “Best Day”

I’ve spent my first twenty years of mothering trying to be more like my mom.

On this Mother’s Day, I’d like to give a shout-out to my mom and pinpoint a few of the reasons my mom is such a great one:

My mom thinks I’m awesome and reminds me often. In this sometimes harsh, competitive, critical world, it’s comforting to have a cheerleader who’s always on my side. I know she’s biased, but that’s okay. Even when I rightfully lost an award or didn’t get offered a job I wanted, she still truly believ7222- 015ed that I was the better candidate. Her support and encouragement bolsters me and, seeing myself through her rose-colored glasses, has helped me through some hard days. It’s nice to know that, in her eyes at least, I’m awesome.

My mom always lavished lots of hugs and kisses on me, even when I acted unlovable.

My mom, through her modeling, has taught me to laugh at flaws and imperfections and be graceful in accepting them.

My mom created many fun, childhood memories for me and even now continues to IMG_0722create fun family memories. I remember singing at the top of our lungs to Captain and Tenille on a long road trip and attending many fun social events with other families (I realize now she had to arrange all that!). Now, she loves organizing fun family trips.

My mom has always been available to me and interested in my life. I remember getting home from school and having a snack in the kitchen while she listened to my super long stories about what happened at school that day.

As a young mom twenty years ago, I worried that I could never live up to the wonderfulness of my mother. Because my personality is very different from hers, I just didn’t think I’d be as good at it. But she tells me I’m an awesome mom, so I’ll believe her.

Happy Mother’s Day to my biggest fan!

Mother's Day 2013
Mother’s Day 2013

 

Sunshine

I'm blessed to have five great kids (ages 13-23) call me “Mom.” As a summer camp director for the past 30 years, I've also had the privilege of working with thousands of kids, college-age counselors, and parents. I follow the latest research and trends on parenting, education, and children’s development and love to share what I learn!

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