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Our Way to Thank Mothers this Mothers' Day.

5 Special Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ to Your Mom on Mother’s Day believe that almost everything good about you has come from your mother’s unconditional love for you. For that, you should feel eternally grateful and return those sentiments. Why not tell her that? Here’s five unusual ways to do so:

  1. Thank your mother for comforting you during storms. Moms are like human tranquilizers, offering us a voice of calmness in ways that no one else can. What “storms” has your mother helped you weather? Thank her for being there!

  2. Thank your mom for making you feel valued. One of the greatest gifts your mother probably gave you was the feeling of being a valued human being. My mom loved bringing festivity to occasions when I accomplished something new; she also loved to spontaneously celebrate life by singing and dancing with me on a whim. I often think of the optimistic emotional climate in which I was raised, and I believe my encouraging attitude today is because of that. This is a great point to make this Mother’s Day when you say “thank you.”

  3. Thank her for the gift of wisdom. It’s with this wisdom that mothers not only teach us how to flap our wings and fly on our own, but encourage us to soar as high as we can as they coax us out of the nest. That’s worth mentioning on this Mother’s Day, isn’t it?

  4. Thank mom for delaying her dreams, and even giving them up so you could fulfill on yours. Yeah, Mother’s Day cards make fun of the diapering years and putting up with the terrible twos, terrible tweens and teens, and even terrible 20s. The reality, though, is that your mom helped you to dream things that you’d not yet dreamed, which gave new excitement to your unfolding life. This Mother’s Day, thank your mom for the hope that she gave you when you felt hopeless. She always saw your failures as temporary, and helped you to see that, too.

  5. Go beyond “thanking” — get out there and support your mother like she’s always supported you. Has your mother always wanted to take a trip someplace? Start a hobby? There’s something she’s always wanted to do, and there’s some way you can help make it a reality. Your mom cared for you as though you were a golden treasure. Reverse the roles; it’s your turn to give back. Your world spins because of your mother; help your mother’s world to spin again because of you. Answer the call to serve by supporting your mom with what is important to her right now.

Finally, here’s a little trick I call “pay attention to Mom.” By that I mean don’t wait for May each year to celebrate Mother’s Day. (Who says that has to happen on an “official” holiday?) Why not celebrate it, say, on your birthday?

I’ve been sending my mother roses not only on Mother’s Day, but also on my birthday as a way of saying, “I love you, and thank you for hosting my arrival on this planet.” Try it — your mother will probably be thrilled!

So as this annual second Sunday in May comes to pass, don’t let the greeting card companies do your talking. Don’t let a gift card trek to a local store do your walking. Well, of course you can still do those things, but take the time to make the extra effort. Take a step toward investing in Mom the way she’s invested in you.

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