It was Rose Kennedy who said, “I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that demanded the best that I could bring to it.”

How often do moms tend to devalue what they do simply because we don’t get paid for it?  How hard is it to keep up the daily tasks of caring for our children when we don’t often see the fruits of our labor until further on in our children’s lives.  Nevertheless, we move forward hoping that we are making an impact.  We work hard even though we don’t get reminded near enough that we are valuable to our children and families.

Mom, you are valued.  While it may not seem like it, it’s true.  Why, you might ask, am I valuable?  Here are just a few reasons why you are important to your children.

*You are the first person to demonstrate love to your children.  From the moment your child is born, you are showing your child love and modeling what it looks like to love.  From the cuddles, kisses, and words of affirmation, your love is the foundation from which your child will progress and develop into an adult.  Without love, no one can flourish.  Your love is paramount to the growth of your child.

*You are the first person with the opportunity to teach your child about God.  What an amazing gift!  Your son or daughter is in relationship with you and learns about how it is to be in relationship with God.  If you show love, grace and forgiveness, then your child grows up believing that God is all of these things.  If you have a positive bond with your child, then chances are your child will grow up to have a similar experience with God.

*You are a forming force in the development of your child’s self-esteem.  You have the ability to nurture what your child thinks or how she feels about herself.  Affirming words such as, “I believe in you.”; “You are special and unique.”; and “You are really gifted at doing that.” are all great ways to build your child up.  Children thrive and grow from positive reinforcement.

Motherhood is an incredibly important job.  You have the opportunity to help develop and grow the life of a child.  You may not receive an “official” paycheck for your work, nevertheless, this doesn’t diminish the magnitude of your impact.  Choose to value yourself, Mom.