In life there is no bigger cheerleader you'll have than your mother. She will always encourage you to chase your dreams and follow your heart. By watching your mother come into her own, you'll learn what sort of things you want in your own life. Maybe your mother is perfectly content staying at home, but perhaps by seeing this you'll understand more clearly that a career-driven life is for you. Whatever your relationship with your mother may be, by watching her successes and failures you'll come to understand what makes yourself happy.
You know who will always think you're a cutie? Your mother! No one teaches us more about self confidence than the woman who created us. Our mothers teach us to love our bodies before anyone else will and they teach us its OK to eat a freakin' cupcake if we want it without worrying about our lack of abs.
Your mother will in some way teach you about your moral compass. Whether its sticking up for a friend or knowing when to bow your head to avoid a confrontation, your mother will teach you how to fight. You probably saw your mother in an argument at some point of your life, and it inadvertently taught you a great deal of the politics of fighting fair and what is worth fighting for.
No one teaches you how to play nice like your mom. From a young age she's been encouraging you to be kind to those around you and to stick up for your friends. She taught you to not be a jerk when someone didn't look like you, or act like you, or even think like you. From her you learned that many opinions are valid and that you don't need to tear others down to get ahead. Thanks to her, you probably have a lot of people who respect you--because you learned to respect them.
You're not a welcome mat, and you sure as heck don't let people walk all over you. Thats because your mother taught you from a young age that you were worthwhile, that you mattered and that your opinions were valued. There is no one who can better highlight how important it is to stand your ground than your mother, who went to bat for you for everything for pulling someone's hair or coloring your hallway's wallpaper with crayon.
You learn a lot about what love looks like in its many forms from your mother. Seeing the way she acted around someone she loved (or loathed) taught you a lot about the type of love you want to be able to give someone else. It taught you how fragile and delicate ways of the heart are, and to respect the fragility of a relationship.
In addition to learning how to love from your mother, you also learned when to walk away. You know you don't deserve to be stuck in a loveless relationship and you definitely don't deserve being talked down to. By respecting yourself, you're taking control of what is right and wrong for your life--a lesson she always tried to instill in you.
Even if all your mom knew how to do growing up was make toast, she's the first person to teach you about feeding yourself. As you grow older you'll probably call you 30 times just to ask her questions about how to make the perfect stir-fry.
I'm not sure about all of you, but my mother always said having no friends was better than having friends who treated me poorly. Mothers attempt to make their children strong against the evils of the world so that we're able to exist in it and survive (emotionally and physically) when they're not around to protect us anymore.
Do you ever really have a better friend than your mom? She's the first person you learn how to be a friend from by spending so much time together. She's the person who taught you how to be patient, how to share, and how to care for people other than yourself. As you grow older your social circle will expand but mom will always be your #1.
No one was ever good enough for you throughout your dating life, according to your mother. She taught you to set high standards for yourself and not give your heart to plebeians who weren't worthy of it.
No matter what you did as a child, whether it was tape over your first birthday party with an episode of Power Rangers (like I did) or destroy your mother's favorite plate, chances are she forgave you. There is no more thankless of a job than motherhood, and there is no better teacher for how to forgive and forget than your mom.
Is there anything more beautiful and strangely sad about watching our parents grow older? If we're lucky, our mothers will be in our lives long enough to show us that our young bodies will mature and become wiser. We learn that eventually our bodies will wrinkle and age, betraying how we feel on the inside. Mothers teach their children of their mortality and about the nuanced pain of growing old but wanting to stay young.
There is no better teacher of how to be gentle and kind with others than you mom. She's one of the first people to teach you empathy, and she is the first person to teach you just how far a loving hug to someone in pain can go.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, but the mother figure in your life will be the first one to show you how (or how not) to hold people together. A mother is the glue of a family, making sure everyone's lives are on track and everyone is finding their way. Your mother is the first person to teach you what its like to deal with the difficulty of keeping a family working while also teaching you just how rewarding it can be.