Mamas Are A Girl's Best Friend, And Here Are 3 Reasons Why

Mamas Are A Girl's Best Friend, And Here Are 3 Reasons Why

My best friend is 25 years older than me, and no, that's not weird.

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No, it isn't Mother's Day or anything like that. Don't panic. You didn't forget it or miss it. The great thing is, it doesn't have to be Mother's Day for you to send some love your mama's way. You should remind her that you love her whenever you can. Not only did she birth you, but she's the best friend a girl can ask for –– for a variety of reasons.

1. She was there for all of the ups and downs.

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Your mom was there for every good and bad you've experienced almost your entire life. From scraping your knee on the playground to your first break-up, from potty training to graduation. She has shared all of the tears and all of the laughter. She knows the names of every crush you've ever had, all of your best friends, and all of your worst enemies. She's seen you do embarrassing things, and let's be honest, she's probably seen you behave like a big jerk. But, no matter you've done or said in a misplaced fit of frustration she has never judged you, and she always still loves you after the fact.

2. She knows you better than you know yourself. 

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Because your mom has been there for both the highlight reel and bloopers of your existence, she probably knows more about you than anyone else. She knows your pet peeves, your bad habits, your darkest secrets. She never forgets your birthday and always knows what the best gift would be for you. She has your favorite colors, meals, movies, and books memorized. When you're not feeling well or you're sad, she almost always knows what the problem is or how to help. She also always knows what to say when you need advice.

3. She is always the person you call. 

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Speaking of needing advice, your mother is always the first person you call when you do. Even after you move out and go off to do you- whether it be for college or something else. Why? Well, as was stated earlier, she always knows what to say.

She knows you. She loves you. She's seen you through it all. She's also lived a lot of life for herself. She's a grown woman who has experienced a lot, and she usually knows a thing or two about the way the world works.

If you want to know what medicine to get for your cold, if you are concerned about a weird rash, if you have a question about your taxes, or if your car is making a funny noise, your mom is almost always the person you pick up the phone to call. She always picks up, and she always has the answer.

We should all be grateful for mothers. My mom is my best friend. Moms are important and necessary, throughout your whole childhood and adolescence, and even after you are an adult out on your own. She will always be there for you, and she'll always love you. She has the best answers to your dilemmas, and she always cares.

She knows you, and she cares about you, more than any other friend you have probably ever would or could. So, thank your mother today for being the best friend a daughter could ask for. It doesn't take much, even just a small text to let her know you're thinking of her. Let her know you appreciate her.

Thank her for being there for you.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.

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My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.


The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.


There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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