- Carrying me around and letting me grow for 9 months
- Giving me a place to live
- Teaching me to walk
- Giving me food
- Making my lunch for school
- Helping me with homework
- Constant support
- Driving me around to places
- Buying me clothes
- Cooking dinner for the family
- Letting me try new things
- Helping me plan my future
- Letting us adopt a dog
- Being a positive role model
- Going to all my lacrosse games
- Going to all my dance competitions
- Willing to pay for all my dance
- Always capturing childhood memories
- The photo albums she used to make
- Doing laundry
- Sparking imagination
- Waking me up in the morning
- Saving money for me to go to college
- Letting me go to college.... wherever I want
- For letting me know that she will support me no matter what career path I'll take
- Paying attention to the things going on in my life
- Making sure I never go to sleep sad
- Always staying positive
- Telling me when I'm doing things wrong
- Telling me when I'm doing things right
- Teaching me how to be independent... kind of
- Trusting me
- The funny stories she has for me when she comes home from work
- Taking me to the doctor when I'm sick or just for a check up
- Ratting me out the doctor when I lie about eating healthy... guess she would like me to hear the lecture from someone else
- Having us live in a house that belongs to a good school district
- Exposing me to community service and helping others
- Teaching me that I shouldn't take what I have for granted
- Being proud of me for things that wouldn't matter to anyone else
- Always reminding me that family comes first and that she will always be there
- The hugs she gives me after a bad day
- Planning family vacations
- The carpools she used to take part in
- When she buys me frango mints on all the holidays
- She has the same sweet tooth as me
- Taking me to church every Sunday
- Not pushing religion on me
- She puts me and my sister before herself
- For being my best friend
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I hope you know that I appreciate you.
You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.
I hope you know I'm sorry.
I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.
I hope you know your love inspires me.
You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.
I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.
Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.
I hope you know that you are my best friend.
Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.
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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.
Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.
Thank you for being you.
Love you lots!
In college, you expect everyone to act like adults. But who are we kidding? At eighteen years old in our freshman year, we still call our moms for every little thing. One of the most talked about things between children and their parents is for advice and how to deal with certain obstacles. One of the most important of the obstacles is navigating friendships.
College is the time in everyone's lives where we truly evolve into the person we will be for the rest of our lives. Joining clubs, taking certain classes, and hanging out with certain groups molds us more than some may think. Being friends with someone who is toxic for you, even in the slightest, can and will be detrimental to your mental health and your self-acceptance as a young adult.
Singling out what is making you turn sour is a simple process. Look at what has changed around you and what is new. The most common thing happens to be new faces belonging to new friends. As their personalities rub off on you, you can see yourself change into someone you may not like. A rude comment every now and then becomes more and more frequent until you are sitting there wondering how they will make you feel like crap that day. Well starting off a true "friend" would never, ever, make you feel like dirt. Friends are a part of your life to help you grow and become the best versions of yourself. They aren't there to watch you suffer and kick you while you're down.
Talking to a friend can be hard and not a comfortable situation. Face to face confrontation is a task most people avoid. Yet talking to a friend who treats you in a lesser way in person is necessary if you are continuously thinking about what the said toxic friend said to you last week. Bringing up a topic of what had hurt your feelings can go two ways. The first of the ways is that they listen to your concerns and they ask questions and apologize. The second way is full of eye rolls, excuses for their actions, and are full of empty promises.
After a while, as the empty promises began to fade and their façade beings to crumble it is time to finally just cut them out. Stop responding to texts, stop asking them to hang, and stop the snap streak no matter how many days it took you two to build. A true friend will reach out to you in a personal way, a fake friend will confront you with harsh tones and out of context replies.
Life is way too short to spend your days as a punching bag for someone else's insecurities. There are people out there on your campus and around your hometown that are in the headspace to uplift their friends and watch them flourish in life. So, take your time to discover who you are, and find what qualities you want in a friend. And never settle for someone who doesn't see your worth.