Being a mother is important

Okay, I know, it’s kind of a “duh.” I mean, without our mothers, where would any of us be? Not here, I’ll tell you that ;) .

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My mother on Rebecca’s birthday

But other than that whole biological necessity thing, mothers are important—and not just to make sure that everyone is fed, rested, at school on time, and not without clean underwear.

In a couple minutes, I found a number of scientific studies confirming just how influential mothers are:

It’s easy to look around at the mountain of laundry, the mound of dirty dishes, the teenager’s filthy room we told her to clean fifteen times, the full plate of food the toddler refused to eat, and the grade schooler’s last-minute order of three dozen cupcakes for a class party tomorrow and feel like we’re not important—as if we don’t matter. Yes, being a mother does involve a lot—a lot—of grunt work.

stepping_stonesBut every once in a while, at least, we need to remember that motherhood is more than chores.

Motherhood is eternally important.

Motherhood is important because being a mother means teaching and guiding future generations. We do make a difference—they do understand and internalize the principles we try so hard to teach them—and they will be better for our efforts.

Why do you think being a mother is important?

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7 responses to “Being a mother is important”

  1. Alicia Johnson says:

    This was a beautiful post. It is easy to feel like what we do is unimportant because lets face it–being a mommy is rarely glamorous. I think Motherhood is so important not only for the reasons you mentioned above, but also because the amazing gifts we get in return. Nothing I have ever done professionally has been as rewarding as seeing the first smile on my baby’s face. Every day, no matter hard, has been a wonderful gift. I am grateful for how it is changing me for the better.

  2. Alison says:

    My husband has commented that he would like to be a stay-at-home dad. He’s a great dad. He’d be an awful stay-at-home dad. It’s so not about keeping the house clean or doing the laundry (thank God), but the knowledge that you’re your child’s number one fan, no matter what, and how just that prepares them for what’s ahead.

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you for this – I really needed it today! :)

  4. Jordan says:

    Alicia—Thanks! I sometimes have a hard time appreciating the rewards between smiles, you know?

    Alison—I hear you! Great points.

    Carrie—I’m glad to be here. Hearing that helps me to know I’m making a difference :D .

  5. Rita Blankenship says:

    I am a mom & a grandma and I feel there is a pysical and emotional connection from mothers to their children as they have shared the same heart beat and keep each other’s DNA for about 30 yearsof the child’s life. All children, especially daughters without their mothers in their lives (not talking about working) are lost somehow as to what kind of woman they need to be. Mom’s are their anchors and provide patterns into womanhood they can not get from any other person or woman. Dad’s are important as well, but their roles are different. If mom is fit & proper, alive and well, she is the balence that helps a child grow up strong and ready to face life with knowledge and purpose.

  6. Jordan says:

    Rita, well said. (One note, though: shared DNA doesn’t automatically make soemone a mother—or not. It’s how most of us got here, but thankfully for many situations where a birth mother isn’t able to care for a child, luckily there are other fit mothers who fill that place in their children’s lives.)

  7. Rita Blankenship says:

    Point well taken…all adoptive moms & dads have a special place in heaven. I have seen it many times and I meant no offense to those that adopt.

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