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This new collection is filled with heartwarming and entertaining anecdotes by grateful children, all in praise of the amazing 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. Mom will laugh, cry and nod in recognition as she reads these heartwarming stories.

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Five things that children actually know about their mothers.

Inspired by the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom by Amy Newmark

Being a mother is the most difficult and the most rewarding job there is. It’s a lifetime career that starts the moment you know you’re expecting. And sometimes, moms wonder if they’re getting through. Are they making a difference? And do their kids appreciate them? The answer is "yes," as illustrated by the 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom. Here are five things that children say they understand and appreciate about their mothers, certain to prove inspirational to mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and honorary mothers everywhere:

  1. Mom really does know best. Laurie Carnright Edwards confesses that her mom embarrassed her terribly when they went car shopping together, insisting that there was a better deal to be had and forcing Laurie to stride out of that dealership even after two price reductions. That poor car salesman called Laurie as soon as she got home, and he met her mother’s terms! Laurie says, "I got my dream car at a very good price — and I learned a hard lesson. Even when you’re the ripe old age of twenty-five, sometimes your mom still knows best!"
  2. Moms have an uncanny ability to know us better than we know ourselves. Jill Keller and her mother were heading out to hit the Saturday morning tag sales when her mother announced that she had a dream, and she knew that Jill was pregnant. Jill knew she wasn’t, but her mother saw confirming "signs" while they were shopping: a Snow White figurine that would fit with the Snow White–themed room that Jill wanted if she ever had another girl, and a fancy double stroller on sale for five dollars. Later that day, Jill went to the doctor for another reason and was given a routine pregnancy test. When she called her mother to concede that her dream was correct, her mother merely answered the phone with, "You’re pregnant!"
  3. Mothers are often our most important role models. Savannah Cassel was raised by a single mother who often worked several jobs to make ends meet. When Savannah was in her teens, their situation improved. Then a new family at their church fell on hard times and Savannah mentioned their plight to her mother. Her mother immediately started filling boxes and bags with food from their kitchen, and then took Savannah to the grocery store to buy perishables. After they surprised their neighbors with a carful of food, Savannah says, "I was proud to be the daughter of this incredible woman. She was the one who had worked so hard to pay for the groceries that she didn’t hesitate to give to those in need... What a great example she set for me that day!"
  4. No matter how much we protest, we will end up acting like our mothers. Dorann Weber had always resisted learning her mother’s hobbies — knitting and crocheting — to the point where she refused to even wear the sweaters that her mother knit for her. She thought they weren’t fashionable or "cool enough." Her mom would laugh and predict "One day, you will wear one of these sweaters!" Then that moment that all mothers wait for occurred: Dorann became a mother herself. And everything changed. She started knitting and she also put on one of the sweaters her mother had knit for her. Dorann says she still has that sweater, and "whenever I wear it on cool nights, I feel like I’m getting a warm hug from her."
  5. We do eventually notice our mother’s sacrifices. Elaine Herrin Onley had an epiphany when she came home from a party one night, wearing a new outfit her mother had provided, and spotted the ragged nightgown that was usually hidden under her mother’s robe. It was then that she realized how much her mother had been sacrificing to keep her children looking good. The floodgates opened as she recalled "time after time when Mother sacrificed for us, never thinking of herself and her own needs... My mother never said the words, ’I love you’ out loud. But she showed us her love through a life of personal sacrifice."
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