Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Influence of a Mother

I have been so consumed with my new baby and preparing for our family's big move out of state that I just barely realized it was almost Mother's Day. My role as a mother has been busy and overwhelming lately, but I have been learning about how incredibly important my influence is on my children.

I noticed that when I am cranky, my children tend to be cranky, which in turn makes me more cranky, and it becomes a vicious cycle. When I am happy and singing and dancing around the house, my little girl dances and sings. I learned that when I say things that are negative, my daughter picks up on them and says them too. If I play and laugh and give kisses and hugs all day, she wants to do the same. I recognized that if I throw things in the house, my daughter thinks it is acceptable to throw anything. My actions completely influence her actions.

When I stop and think about my own mother, I can see that she has influenced me for good in so many ways. My mother is dedicated to the gospel and to serving the Lord; she sacrifices everything so that her children can have everything; she is kind, a good listener, and a loyal friend; and she loves her friends and family unconditionally. I have learned how to be a better person because of my mom, and I strive to be more like her every day.

There are two quotes that I found this week that speak of the significance of a mother's influence:

"...there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation." (James E. Faust)


"When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children." (Julie B. Beck)

Children need mothers. More importantly, children need righteous, covenant-keeping mothers who are devoted to teaching and rearing their children in the ways of Christ. You moms out there, stop for a moment and think about the ways you are currently influencing your children. If there is anything in your behavior that could be influencing your children negatively, I urge you to change that behavior and replace it with a positive one. I am setting goals right now to be a better influence on my two little ones.

How has your mother influenced your life for good?

Here are two brand-new printables to get ready for Mother's Day! Feel free to use these as framed prints, handouts, or greeting cards.

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