Our mothers gifted us with life. Many of them also gifted us with caring for us, nurturing our spirits and encouraging our best lives. But their job was to make sure we got here safely, and if they did that they accomplished their task. Once we express our gratitude to our biological mothers for bringing us here we can go beyond that very conventional definition of motherhood to something broader that applies to all of us.
Because the truth is that many children grow up raised by grandparents, cared for by family members, nurtured by teachers or therapists, mentored by elders and guided to grow into their greatness by someone outside their biological circle. These people also mothered children’s dreams and oftentimes make all the difference.
So in celebrating mothers and all they do I want to include those people who are continuously mothering our children’s dreams too.
The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. – Elaine Heffner
Biology is the least of which makes someone a mother. -Oprah Winfrey
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me my whole life. – Abraham Lincoln
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. – Erich Fromm
Walking slowly in the moonlight in a row of tea plants, I realized my mother was still with me. – Thich Nhat Hanh
The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best that is within us. – Marianne Williamson
Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children. – Princess Diana
Each day we make deposits in our memory banks of our children. – Charles F. Swindoll
When you are a mother you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and all those that touch your lives. – Sophia Loren
Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. – Robert Browning
A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. – Agatha Christie
You really don’t understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother. – Einstein
I really learned it all from mothers. – Dr. Benjamin Spock
My mother really was my partner in every project I had. She was just the great enabler of my dreams. – Diane Keaton
I get my sense of humor from my mom. There are so many quiet times you spend as a mother that aren’t glorified but are a foundation for your kids. – Tina Fey
Maureen Dawn Healy is an award-winning author of Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success and Happiness (HCI Books). She partners with corporations, and parents to help their highly sensitive children thrive. To learn more: www.growinghappykids.com, or @mdhealy