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5 Ways to Appreciate Mom Today

By Mormon.org

Love, Service, and Sacrifice

Who in your life cheered you up when you were down, reminded you of your worth when you had self-doubts, celebrated your successes and mitigated your failures, cared for you when you were sick, and loved you when you were probably hard to love? Who played the mothering role in your life? Here are some ways to show your appreciation for Mom or that special someone who’s been with you through thick and thin.

  1. Serve. A mother or caregiver who chooses to love and raise a child spends countless hours loving, serving, and sacrificing in ways that often go unnoticed. When a child grows up and chooses to return the love, service, and sacrifice, it’s a huge return on that investment. Every mother or caregiver is different, so ponder on ways to serve that would be most meaningful.
  2. What do you remember and appreciate most about your upbringing? Speak up about how you feel. A visit, a phone call, an email, or even a letter in the mailbox will be worth every effort. The time on earth can be limited with those we love; you’ll be glad you reached out.
  3. If your mother or caregiver is an affectionate person, a hug can go a long way. Next time you’re together make sure to include an embrace in the visit.
  4. Buy or make a thoughtful gift. Whether it’s bought or handmade rarely matters much to a mother or caregiver. They’ll be happy because it’s from you. Showing that you’re aware of their interests and what’s important to them will be a pleasant surprise.
  5. One of the best ways to show appreciation is by spending quality time together. Any opportunity taken to strengthen and nurture your relationship will uplift you both.

Pay It Forward

To His Apostles, the Savior said, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Dedicated individuals filling a parental role share the Savior’s hope that their child will remember the love that has been freely extended to them—and show that same love to others.

If your mother or caregiver has passed away, there are still things you can do to express your appreciation. Take the time to write down what you know and remember about inspiring things she did in your life—big and small—and share those things with the rising generation. What better way to show your love and appreciation. Your loved one’s example and efforts carry the power to teach well beyond the expanse of their own life.