About This Book
"Mom will know where it is... what to say... how to fix it." This is the first Chicken Soup book to focus on the pervasive wisdom of mothers everywhere. It includes the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library on our perceptive, understanding, and insightful mothers. These stories celebrate the special bond between mothers and children, our mothers' unerring wisdom about everything from the mundane to the life-changing, and the hard work that goes into being a mother.
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Five lessons to encourage hard-working moms
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms Know Best by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark
Raising kids is tough, and a big part of a mother's job is to pass on wisdom and life lessons to her children. Sometimes moms wonder if they are really getting through, but the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms Know Best make it clear that it is all worth it. Here are five tips to encourage moms.
1. Trust your intuition. Glynis M. Belec felt an unusual surge of concern when her daughter Amanda was late coming home from her night shift one day. She knew something was wrong when a wave of nausea hit her and her heart raced. Glynis called Amanda's phone and didn't get an answer. Praying for Amanda's safety, Glynis felt an urge to go look for her daughter. As she drove, Glynis got a call telling her Amanda had been in a car accident. When Glynis arrived and saw her daughter's car wrapped around a pole, she felt faint. But then she heard Amanda call to her. Glynis and the police were in awe that Amanda had survived with only scratches and bruises. "I still marvel at the power of prayer and the sense of urgency that flooded my heart and mind that morning," Glynis says.
2. Find the funny. Esther Copeland was confronted with the gravity of life when her 90-year-old mom, Bert, was in the late stages of Alzheimer's and living in a nursing home. Esther loved spending time with her mother, singing to her and communicating through touch. Once a witty woman, Bert rarely had lucid moments where she could communicate with Esther, and she could not move her body at all. One day, an aide checked on Bert and found her on the floor, uninjured and still asleep. The aide was shocked — after all, Bert couldn't move or roll. "The aide wondered out loud, 'Maybe we should pull up the bed rails,'" Esther writes. "From my mother, came, 'Don't you think it's a little late for that now?'" Her mom grinned and the staff burst into laughter!
3. Be generous. At Christmastime one year, Marta A. Oppenheimer, her mother and a friend grabbed lunch after a long day shopping. As they stood in line, a skinny, dirty boy approached them for money. Marta's mother quickly gave the boy a handful of coins, which the friend called foolish and naive. '"How can you be so trusting?'" the friend asked. However, the little boy returned with food on his tray and his hand out again. He asked Marta's mother to spare a little more change for a soda. Her mother smiled as she walked the boy to the counter and bought him not just a soda, but fries and a piece of cake. Years later, Marta remembers this and doesn't give people money when they ask; she walks them to the counter and buys them the whole meal. "You see, I am afraid that I will not give these boys enough money for a soda and they might not have the courage to come back for more," Marta says.
4. Never give up hope. Recently divorced and finally back on her feet after a serious accident, Terri Cheney had to find a new home, care for her two young boys and adjust to a new job. This left her little time for her kids. "Lost in my own maze of coping, I was unable to reach out to them in their pain and suffering," Terri writes. "Adding guilt to my other burdens only made the stress increase." One day, the kids called her at work because they had missed the bus again. It was raining as she left to get them. Terri cried on the way, feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. On their drive home, the clouds broke and a huge, beautiful rainbow gleamed in the sky. The three of them were in awe, and surprisingly, Terri found herself driving the kids to find the end of the rainbow. They drove for over an hour and talked about the hard year they'd had. "We'd found something wonderful while chasing that rainbow, something even better than that coveted pot of gold," Terri writes. "We'd found ourselves a family again."
5. Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. On vacation at a hotel that had a giant waterslide, Mary Clare Lockman wished she'd brought her swimsuit so she could join the fun with her four kids. She'd never gone down a waterslide before because she was afraid of water. But she decided to try it. She bought a swimsuit at the front desk, put it on, and went through the line. As Mary Clare went down the slide, she repeatedly tried to slow down. Once she splashed into the pool — where her husband Paul was waiting to catch her — she heard laughter and clapping. '"I can't believe how fast it is,'" Mary Clare said loudly enough for everyone to hear. '"I felt like a rocket on that last curve." At the request of her youngest daughter, Mary Clare went again. Then again and again. "After my tenth slide down, I decided to quit," she writes. "Paul told me later that all the people around the pool agreed that they had never seen a person go down a waterslide so slowly."