A young boy said to me once, "When we talk about Mother's Day at school, I just don't say anything because I don't have a mommy. I wish I could stay home from school on that day." After offering him all sorts of empathy, I said, "Do you have anyone who just loves you for you?" He said, "My teacher is the best!" So, we talked about how maybe, for right now, his teacher is sort of like his mommy, giving him love everyday and guiding him to be the best little boy he can be. He agreed. Why Persistent Parenting Pays Off
My family is getting ready to move to another state so that we can be closer to our extended family. One of my clients said to me, "I understand why you are moving, I just wish that I had family who wanted to move closer to me." These little nuggets of wisdom remind me of how blessed I am to have a loving, caring family and it reminds me to not take that for granted.
I am also reminded that I may be blessed with the role of being a "mom" to someone else, even if I don't ask for that role or are unaware of that role. As we live and breathe each day, we impact those around us. Take this seriously and love your neighbors to the fullest.