Three Traits of a Great Mom

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I started thinking about what makes a great mom. I decided there are 3 B's.

Now, B could stand for "brainy," and that would be a great quality for a mom. Or, it could begin the word "beautiful," and who among us wouldn't want that adjective describing us? The B could also stand for "buoyant" or "bouncy." It could begin the words "brilliant" or "bargain-busting-babe."

But I thought about my own mother and, even though many of the above adjectives describe her, there were still three more B's she possesses that I hope will describe me as I grow as a mom.

The first B stands for brave.

My mother showed a quiet courage as I grew up.

She confronted with gentleness, corrected with authority, and risked our friendship, valuing my future more than her own feelings.

She made me do things I didn't want to do, like facing my fears, trying something again and again, apologizing when I am wrong, and cleaning the bathrooms.

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