Mom = Family Cheerleader!

Moms are our life’s cheerleaders.  With their encouragement, love and support, we learn to believe in ourselves and to become the people we were meant to be.  And once we become mothers, we soften up and judge our own mothers less because we are finally able to see both how wonderful and how challenging parenthood can be.  It becomes easier to forgive, to let go, and to realize that she is just a person who did her best each day.

Every mom tries during her lifetime to impart the life lessons she’s learned to her children.  An oral history is passed down from mother to child, with messages as simple and timeless as:

Remember to put your napkin in your lap,
to say please and thank you,
to look someone in the eye when you shake hands,
to be kind,
to think of others,
to send a thank you note,
to be patient with others and yourself,
to forgive and to let go of anger,
to be understanding,
to follow your passion,
to work hard,
and to love openly and fully.

With our moms support, we feel we can do almost anything!  We feel safe to take risks because no matter what happens, our moms will always be proud and love us for trying.  When we are children, our moms tell us we can be anything we want to be when we grow up.  Moms tell us that we are beautiful, that we are loved, and that we are special.  Moms are often the first ones to see us–to truly see us–and with their unwavering support, allow us to discover our gifts and then to feel safe enough to share them with the world.

Moms hold a space in their hearts for us forever, long after they’ve rocked us to sleep as babies, woken up with us in the middle of the night to calm our bad dreams, to give us a glass of water or to treat a fever or the flu.  Our moms love us enough to let go, to let us live our own lives and to follow our own path.

Moms love and laugh and teach us by example that a life spent loving and laughing with others is indeed a life well lived!

6 comments on “Mom = Family Cheerleader!

  1. Diane Fond

    Rebecca,So excited to read your blog! Congratulations on the beginning of a world of sharing your beautiful writing for FAMILIES!!!!! So proud of you. Much Love from a Grandparent Follower who is your greatest fan:))))))) LOL

    • Thank you Diane! You have been supportive of my writing since I first started to post mini-essays/blogs on Facebook. My first “fan!” Thank you for encouraging me to take my writing to the next level and to write a book. I’m working on the book now AND I’m going to contribute regular entries on this blog, too. Thank you for “following” me on Facebook and now here on my blog. You are a wonderful mom and grandma and your encouraging words mean a lot to all of us who are lucky enough to receive them!

  2. This is such an amazing gift of yourself! You are a cheerleader to all of us!

    • Thank you Jennifer! You are an incredible and loving wife, mom, sister and a loyal friend. You are also an incredible community builder. I’m so proud of who you are and all that you’ve done to launch City Charter School, West Adams. I’d love for you to guest blog at Welcome to Family Life. I think your story would inspire a lot of people! You are a light and a true cheerleader in the best sense of the word. I am so lucky to have your friendship in my life!

  3. Congrats on your new blog. I have loved reading your thoughts and posts on FB and excited to read your blog! You are an amazing writer!

    • Thank you so much, Yael! All of your “likes” on my FB posts gave me that extra push I needed to start this blog! Thank you for your sweet words and support. It really means a lot to me. I love to write and knowing that what I write resonates with other people gives me the encouragement I need to keep at it each day!

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