I've never met a Mom who's said, "I have it all figured out and know exactly what I'm doing". No two moms are alike and one mother's theory on child rearing will quite literally go against everything the next mother thinks altogether.
In my job as a Speech Therapist, I'm lucky to be able to pull from some extremely reliable sources when it comes to the big questions such as this.
You'd be surprised at some of the life lessons you get when sitting with a 97 year old discussing what's important in this world and most definitely, what is not.
When it comes to the qualities of what makes a good mother? Almost one hundred percent of the time and across the board, I get one answer.
A Mama you don't mess with.
This response usually comes two fold, the first, from memories people have of a loving, giving, but strict mother.
One of my favorite clients (who was 94 years old) said, "My mother would lay her life down for anyone in our family. She loved us more than anything on earth, but if we didn't mind her, she would have us by the ear in a heartbeat. We knew better than to cross my Mama".
It was a different generation I know, but there's something to be said about their wisdom. They speak of mothers who weren't there to be their friends, but instead, guide them in the right direction with an unconditional love, faith and discipline. Mothers who taught them to be independent rather than to coddle or enable any level of helplessness. Mothers who taught them to have respect for others and manners along with a solid dose of a work ethic and integrity to get the job done in life.
The second element that's usually discussed is quite literally the fact that, no one messed with their mamas. I've been told how when someone tried to get in the way of their family's safety or well being, they had a better chance with a bear in a cave before getting in the way of the protectiveness of their mother. I'll have to agree wholeheartedly with this. There's something inside that shifts greater than any storm, once your loved ones are threatened. That love and protectiveness is enough to move mountains and most definitely, a force not to be taken lightly.
So on this Mother's Day, thank your Mom. If she raised you with love and discipline, you're one of the lucky ones. If you're a Mom yourself, love your babies and let them know you'll protect them to no end. They'll appreciate you when they're older with a heart filled with memories and a compassion for their own families as well as for others...and just like a good Mama, that's something you just don't mess with.