“Mothers devote themselves to nourish, educate, and raise children from conception. From painful labor and throughout the child’s life, mothers embody a sacrificial heart for the sake of the next generation.”

– Dr. Junsook Moon

Flowers and cards are sure to make your mother smile. But this Mother’s Day and every day after, consider these three unconventional gifts that this irreplaceable woman in your life truly deserves.

1. Serve others

Take the time to serve others. There isn’t much in the world that can compare to the warmth that consumes a mother’s heart when her children treat each other and their neighbors with kindness. No matter how smart or good-looking her child is, a mother’s greatest pride is in raising that child to become a person of integrity, who does not compromise their values but at the same time displays compassion towards others as fellow human beings.

2. Get it done before she asks

Take initiative! Any mother can attest to the challenge of having to repeatedly ask their children to complete tasks, whether it includes chores, errands, schoolwork or creating good habits like keeping your space clean, no matter what age you are. Instead of waiting around to be told what to do, take a look around for tasks that need to get done and beat her to it.

3. Dream big

Mothers offer the unconditional love and encouragement that help children grow up with the confidence to achieve great things.

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

– George Washington

We can give back to our mothers for their unfailing faith in our potential by actually fulfilling that potential. Based on the goal to live for the greater good, think of ways you can use your talents and passion to aim high.

Children are the legacy of their parents, continuing long after they are gone. The greatest gift a child can give their parents is a life lived embodying the highest values and noblest qualities of humanity, making each generation better than the last.

So this Mother’s Day, before you deliver your flowers, take a moment to reflect on the positive ways she’s shaped your life.

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