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Household Ministry — It’s Cross-Generational
Don’t forget about the Household Ministry Resource Room this summer! Our “At Home Milestone Kits” are available for you all year long. Our very own Maddie Baltrum will be tending to the kits and making sure each basket is filled for the taking. Take the kits home to your neighbors, family and friends!
A Thank You for Our MothersIn 1908, Anna M. Jarvis instituted the first Mother’s Day celebration to honor her mother. She pushed to have it officially recognized as a holiday, and in 1912, West Virginia was the first state to do so. Today, over 70 countries celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mothers play a crucial role in families. As infants and toddlers, we form attachments to our mother (and other caregivers) based on how they interact with us and respond when we need something. Ultimately, the type of attachment style we have with our mothers becomes the basis for how we form relationships throughout our lives. If our mother taught us that she is reliable and trustworthy, we learned that we could trust others.
Besides teaching us how to develop relationships, our mothers also taught us how to navigate life. For many of us, she is the one who taught us how to read, how to share, and how to be compassionate and caring individuals. Mothers typically have a more nurturing parenting style and many people I have worked with talk about how their mothers were great at helping them feel comfortable expressing their emotions and work through their feelings. In addition, having a good relationship with our mothers is a reliable predictor of academic success, better communication skills, and better social skills.
When growing up it’s easy to stay connected with our mothers. After all, we lived with them, and if your mom was anything like mine, she always made sure to ask about what was going on in your life. However, as we become older and move away, it’s not quite as easy to stay connected. In fact, research has shown that as adult children marry, daughters tend to become more distant while sons become closer to their families of origin.
As Mother’s Day approaches this year, remember that the holiday is not about giving your mom a nice card and gift. The day is about honoring your mother (or mother-figure), thanking her, and showing her how much you appreciate all of things she taught you as well as all of the ways she showed you love and care. I hope you all have been as fortunate as I have been to have a wonderful mother in my life.
~ Amanda Dawson
Come to worship on May 12, Mother’s Day, for a special Mother’s Day Blessing! Bring that special mom, aunt, grandma, godmother, mentor, or friend with you for a blessing at either the 8:00 AM or 10:15 AM worship service.