I never fully appreciated my mother until I had children of my own. Our mother-daughter bond took on new meaning when I was a new mother overwhelmed with love for my baby. That sure brought everything into perspective! Now that I have three daughters, I enjoy imagining the path of our relationships as the girls grow up, choose life paths and hopefully have children of their own.
In my career, my mom has been a role model and trusted adviser. When my brother and I were young, she went back to work part time and eventually launched an entirely new career in her mid-30s, becoming hugely successful and respected in her field. But somehow she always has time for thoughtful gestures, to stay in touch and carving out time for family traditions and milestones.
Naturally, Mother's Day presents the prefect opportunity to reflect on mother-daughter relationships in both roles. I plan to tell my mother how much her love and support means to me, which has the extra benefit of giving my girls a role model for how respectfully they should treat me down the road. How will you make Mother's Day special this year?
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