Dear Mom, Have I Ever Told You?

Dear Mom, Have I Ever Told You?

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Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say thank you for being the best role model a girl could ask for. For all those times that I complained about something that seemed like such a big deal at the time, thank you for keeping me sane and assuring me you just want the best for me. Although often times I don't show it, I would be lost without you.

Your constant guidance has taught me many things throughout these years. Without you, I would never know right from wrong. Whether it was as simple as an inappropriate outfit I wore at the age of 16, or as stressful as what I want to do when I grow up, you have always been right there guiding me in the right direction.

Your constant love inspires me. You never fail to cheer me up when I'm sad, or send me an "I love you" text message, just because. When I'm having a bad day, one minute I'm in the best mood ever and the next I'm miserable and for some reason you don't get upset.

I know you will always tell me the truth. Whether I want to hear it or not, you know what's best and you make sure I know that. I know I can always look to you for advice because you will tell me how it is and that's what I love about you.

Thanks for being my biggest fan. Ever since I was a little girl you have been at everything. Every awards ceremony, every sports game, every dance recital and every birthday party. Rain or shine, I know I can count on you to be there and to be honest, that's the best feeling in the world.

You're my "go to." If I have a question involving school, boys, friends, work, a sickness or dinner, you know the answer. They say moms know everything and they're not wrong. I don't know how you do it, but your intelligence amazes me.

Lastly, thank you for being my best friend. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have a mother like you and I wouldn't change it for a thing. Even though we have had our fair share of disagreements, we make up for it with all the good times and memories we share together. I just want you to know, you are the best mom in the whole wide world and I hope someday I am half the woman you are.

Love Always,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Jill Alaimo

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8 Signs Your Mom Is Your Best Friend

4. Your Facebook notifications are most likely from her
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My mom is an amazing woman: beautiful, intelligent, interesting, and hard working. For me, she's my role model and the person I go to whenever I need advice. She's also my best friend, and I'm perfectly okay and actually proud to admit this. If you have a close relationship with your mom as well, you might relate to some of these moments.

1. She's your number #1 on Speed Dial

She's the first one you call whenever anything significant (or—who are we kidding— trivial) happens to us.

2. Boy drama? She's your go-to for advice

If you have guy problems, you're going to talk her ear off until she gives you every bit of advice she has.

3. Or for a shoulder to virtually cry on

And then she'll listen to you bawl your eyes out if said advice did not go as planned.

4. Your Facebook notifications are most likely from her

When an adorable dog video is posted on Facebook, she's the first one you're tagging in the comments and vice versa.

5. She's your Tv Binge Buddy

You've watched every reality tv show and Netflix Original together and she's just as much into bingeing as you are—in fact, you think of each other as binge enablers.

6. You want to buy her everything you think she'd like, but you're way too broke

You know her so well, Mother's Day, Christmas, and her birthday are incredibly frustrating because you see so many things she would love and you want to buy her, but alas, your broke self can't do anything about it.

7. She can read you like a book

She can see right through you, and if you're NOT OKAY, she's the first one to be able to detect it.

8. She's your bestie for the restie

In the end, you wouldn't want anyone else for a mom or a best friend.

Cover Image Credit: Sophie Samuels

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Types of Dads

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Fathers are an important part of their children's lives, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Though all dads seem to have a certain "dad" vibe, there are distinct types of dads everyone can identify.

1) The Typical Dad



This dad has the "dad bod," wears glasses, and owns a certified pair of "dad sandals." He packed your lunches when you were little and asks how your day was when you get home from school. He tells lots of corny "dad jokes," especially about the loss of his hair. He loves sharing embarrassing stories of when you were little, then proceeds to tell your friends how he loves to embarrass you. This dad constantly switches the channel from news to sports. He debates about politics and enjoys a good barbecue on the grill outside. There is a 99% chance that he threw you up in the air when you were a baby (and almost dropped you).

2) The Outdoors-y Dad



This dad lives and breathes the outdoors. He loves camping and drags the family on lots of adventures in unique nature spots. Most of his shoes are outdoor heavy-duty boots because he is always ready for adventure. He can fix pretty much anything in the house, and you always ask him to open cans or bottles for you. His favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, ziplining, riding four-wheelers, and mowing the lawn with his John Deer. He drives your mom up the wall by driving different ways home because of the "scenic view." He has definitely subjected you to wake up early just to view the sunrise, something he often does himself.

3) The Cool Dad



In his mind, this dad is still 18 years old and still the popular kid he was in high school. His idea of formal wear consists of skinny jeans and a T-shirt with a suit jacket. Young or not, this dad tries to keep up with male fashion trends. He can often be found at youth events and jokes that he is still "young at heart." He loves pulling out pictures from the "good ole days" and constantly tries to prove that he's "still got it." He tries to fit in with your friends when they come over, and does his best to keep up with the slang of young people. He greets you with "yo" and texts "lol" in every message.

4) The No-Nonsense Dad



This dad most likely was in the military. He will NOT stand for your foolishness while you are "under his roof" (his favorite phrase). He wakes up super early and gets mad if you don't. He is intense during disagreements, and his most effective method of communicating is demanding. You have endured many speeches on life and your behavior if it is not satisfactory (which is pretty much always). His hobbies include asking about your grades, going down to your school, commenting on what you are wearing, and checking the condition of your room. Though you sometimes feel like a disappointment, this dad ultimately wants the best for you, which is why he is so hard on you.

5) The "Walking Wallet" Dad



This dad is a walking bag of money, to say the least. He started spoiling you from a young age, so there is no turning back now. All your friends are jealous because you always have nice things, thanks to him. He bought you your first car and first phone. Growing up, he gave you an allowance, but still ended up buying you everything anyway. This dad is pretty much an extra scholarship you will always have throughout your life.

6) The Athletic Dad



This dad is a born athlete. He played sports, most likely football, in high school and has not acquired the "dad bod" due to his intense workout regimen. His breakfast consists of strange things, like raw eggs and energy smoothies that make you gag. This dad never misses your sporting events and does more yelling than the coach while there. There is a 50% chance this dad is a personal trainer. You tried to workout with him once and almost died. Most of your friends think he is hot, and you have to remind them he is 20 years their senior (and also your dad--Gross!).

7) The Quiet Dad



His main function in your life is moral support. He is always there for you, but he is more of a listener than a talker. This dad knows a lot and gives great advice if you ask his opinion. This dad teared up at your graduation, when you went on your first date, and at your wedding.

All dads are important! Which is your dad?

Cover Image Credit: Flickr Photography - Giancarlo Zortea

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