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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever! is full of loving and entertaining true stories written by grateful children in praise of the woman who encourages them, supports them, and most importantly, loves them. These stories will brighten any mother's day, and show her that the kids were paying attention after all. Show Mom how much she means to you with this collection of 101 heartwarming, and sometimes humorous, stories of gratitude and love for the woman who does it all! A great gift not just for Mother's Day, but always.

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Five things that kids appreciate about their mothers.

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever! by Amy Newmark

Being a mother is the most difficult and the most rewarding job there is. It’s a 24/7/365 job that starts the moment you know you’re expecting, and then never ends. Sometimes, moms wonder: Are they getting through? The answer is “yes,” as illustrated by the 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever! Here are five things that kids say they appreciate about their mothers, certain to prove inspirational to mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, and mothers-in-law everywhere:
  1. Mom is always ready to come to the rescue. Six-year-old Terri Rilea was sobbing. She saw her imaginary friend, Mary Okay, stuck outside by their mailbox during a horrible rainstorm. Her mother quickly sprang into action. She flung a robe around her shoulders like a cape and ran outside to where Terri saw her imaginary friend, dramatically wrapping her in the robe and carrying her inside to safety. “I’ve never forgotten the bravery and all the things my mother displayed that day to a six-year-old and her imaginary friend,” Terri shares. “Mary Okay may no longer be with me but as for my mother, she still wears the ‘cape.’”
  2. Mom knows just the right words to gently advise you when you need it. Minutes before they had to leave, Mary Anglin-Coulter’s four-year-old daughter refused to wear the blouse she’d picked for preschool graduation. Instead, the young girl wanted to wear a stained, ill-fitting T-shirt. Frustrated, Mary gave her daughter the wear-the-blouse-or-we-aren’t-going option and left the room. But when Mary’s mother reminded her that she did exactly the same thing at that age, Mary knew what to do to resolve the issue. Like her mother had, Mary asked her daughter to wear the blouse just this one time, promising she would never have to wear it again. And as it had with her, that worked. “It’s clear there is still so much I have to learn from my mom,” Mary writes. “I am grateful I can pass her wisdom on to my children.”
  3. Mom is one of a kid’s most important role models. Over the years, Sarah Hamaker’s mother and father cared for dozens of foster children. “Everyone was treated like a full member of our family,” Sarah writes. Her mother gave each child unconditional love and acceptance. “My mom never allowed a child’s current circumstances to dictate a child’s future,” she shares. When Sarah was a senior in high school, her parents adopted four-year-old twins. “My parents willingly extended their child-raising years to start again,” she writes. “When I reflect on the half century my mother spent raising kids… my heart overflows with love and gratitude for the example she set for me and countless others. I try to be as good a mother as she is.”
  4. Mom has an uncanny ability to know absolutely everything. On more than one occasion, Thom Schwarz’s mom could sense when something was very wrong. There was the time she made the family pack up their campsite hours earlier than expected. Just moments after they were safely away, a tree crashed down exactly where they had been sleeping. Then there was the time when she knew eleven-year-old Thom had something much more serious than the pediatrician’s virus diagnosis, saving his life. Even when her kids were grown, her intuitive sense continued. One day at work, Thom, a registered nurse, was accidently electrocuted using a defibrillator and almost died. At that same time, his mom, in another state, sensed a crisis and called the ER where he worked. Years later, Thom asked his mom how she always knew when something was wrong. “It’s not my job to wonder how or why, Tommy,” she replied with a shrug. “It’s just my job to do it.”
  5. Mom’s lessons are much appreciated… even if takes a while to admit it. After school, Monica Morris and her siblings would rush through the door to watch their favorite TV show. Their mom quickly tired of this routine and the bad habits her kids picked up from the goofy show. When the first line of defense—distraction—no longer worked, Monica’s mom shut off the TV and kept it off. Then she picked up the book Heidi and started to read to them. “We cast longing glances at the blank television screen and fidgeted,” Monica writes. “Mom ignored us, already absorbed in the story.” Her mom read one chapter a day, and by the third day the children were enthralled. “Reading aloud was one of the best gifts my mom ever gave us,” Monica shares. “To this day, whenever I pick up a book, I think of my mom… Because of her, I developed a lifetime habit of reading that has given me countless hours of imagination and introspection and joy.”
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