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What Did You Learn from Mom?

_happy_mothers_dayHappy Mother’s Day!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, let’s share what we learned from our mom.

My mom helped me in the early years of my business. When I published a monthly print newsletter (Caregiving! newsletter, my first product for family caregivers), she proofread every issue, she sat with me as we stamped each subscriber’s issue. She dropped off samples throughout Chicagoland–at hospitals, adult day centers, doctors’ offices. She traveled with me to conferences and helped man our booth, which displayed the newsletter and my books. And, she never took a paycheck.

From my mom, I learned that it’s important to have help because it’s just silly to do it alone.

So, what did you learn from your mom? Please share in our comments section, below.

About Denise

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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  1. My mother was a phenomenal R.N. I learned how to care for wounds, how to make a bed with a patient in it, how to change clothes on a person who is bed bound and so many other nursing skills. But most of all from my mother I learned how to care, how to love, how to have patience when everything else seems to just be falling down around me. For those priceless lessons I wish I could just call her in Heaven and tell her how much I appreciate those special attributes that she bestowed on me.

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    My Mother was the defination of what a mother should be. She raised six of us, years ago, when life was simple. Mom’s stayed home. She taught me the importance of family, of love, of faith. She taught us manners and kindness to others. Each one of us was special to her, in one way or the other. She found our strengths; for me in my younger years it was art(drawing, painting etc) and encouraged me to pursue this talent. In her later years she taught us the importance of laughing, joking, smiling; and to go. If you said “Ma do you want to go…?”, she barely let you say where. It was “Let me put my face on, and grab my purse.” She loved her family dearly, as we all loved her. She gave us the gift of each other. Miss you, Mama. Love you dearly. I would not be me if not having your for an example; I strive to live up to your example.

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    My mother was also our Dad a large portion of the time because my dad was military and in Vietnam Nam for several tours as well as on orders providing training for the 82nd Air Bourne and Special Forces. My mother was my mentor, friend, teacher, had to teach us three boys the male role model issues my father should have been showing us, my mom taught me to drive, helped with my first date and girlfriend and she is still there for me today. Since I got out of the Air Force and moved back to town my mom and me have spoke a minimum of every 1-3 days and meet for coffee or lunch every couple of weeks. The top item I would have to say that I learned from my mom is how to treat others no matter what their color, creed, religion, handicap, sex, age or what their political views are that they are all human beings and they all deserve your respect as you deserve theirs. “You get what you give” is so true a statement yet there are always those who want more to those you step aside let them do their thing, it will come back to haunt them later. Thank you mom for putting up with me and my antics but also for being there and teaching me to be the man I have become. Thank you, Happy Mothers Day

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    I am the youngest of three children by six years. My Mom worked from the time I was in kindergarten. My Dad worked an early shift, and would get home in the afternoon, before my Mom. Although nothing like the schedules families have today, our family had busy evening schedules with my Mom or Dad frequently having a meeting, my Mom going to school, and my brothers involved in Scouts or band. Dinner was eaten together every night at 5:00, so I learned the importance of having dinner together as a family at a reasonable hour.

    I learned how to be a strong woman, and that I could anything a man could do and have any career. I’m not really sure being a stay-at-home mom fit that, though!

    Through my Mom’s example, I learned how to love your children even when you don’t like their behavior and I learned the importance of volunteering.

    My Mom taught me to write every check in the check register at the time the check was written and how to balance a checkbook.

    My Mom taught me how to cook and bake. I am not a gourmet chef, but a good home cook. When my parents would visit, my parents would ask me where I learned to cook like that. I always smiled and said, “You taught me, Mom.”

    I look forward to answering this question about Dads next month. :)


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