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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about being a good mother?

Whitney Bricken, Age 3, Charcoal

Whitney Bricken, Age 3, Charcoal

Children grow up fast. One thing I hear consistently from moms is how quickly they see their kids' features changing. Before you know it, they're teenagers (yikes!)

 

There is only so much precious time.

 

There’s stuff that everyone says you “need” to do, but I’m talking about the kind of advice your grandmother gives.

 

Wisdom that stands the test of time.

 

So in honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve put together a list of the top 5 wise words of advice to help you be more present with your kids:

Take care of yourself, embrace any help that is offered and lastly, my Grandmother’s advice to me: “Children are life renewing, slow down and enjoy every moment.
— Sara Madasu, Memphis, TN
Stop and enjoy as many moments as you can with them.
— Micki Martin, Memphis, TN
Have fun and don’t be so hard on yourself.
— Lauren Keras, Memphis, TN
Try to find joy in every stage and embrace the constant change as best you can.
— Kristen Hill, Memphis, TN
When your child grows up, he or she won’t remember if the shelves were dusted. Your child will remember the experiences and feelings that accompany them. Make them good ones.
— Deede Sherman, Memphis, TN

 

Btw, these words and more are in my book, Lessons of Love, which would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

 

So let’s hear it. What’s the best motherhood advice you’ve been given?

 

Leave a comment below.

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Your kids will be who God means for them to be

Molly Keras, Age 3, Oil

Molly Keras, Age 3, Oil

I've painted portraits of all three of Lauren's girls – Molly, Jane and Nellie.

 

I've loved getting to know these girls, watching them change and grow over the years. They were just 3 1/2 when I painted them, and now Jane and Nellie are eight (wow!) and Molly is 4.

 

I'm sure Lauren could tell you how amazingly fast it all goes by.

 

She's says the most important lesson she's learned from motherhood is that "Your kids are going to be who God meant for them to be no matter what you want them to be; you cannot force them to be someone or something they're not."

 

The sooner you embrace that, she says, the happier you AND your kids will be!

 

I really love that, because the reason I do these portraits is to help kids feel loved and valued for who they truly are.

 

Nellie, Age 3, Oil

Nellie, Age 3, Oil

The truth is a lot of kids grow up trying to fit it, to be someone they're not. In my own life I've felt ashamed of who I was and where I came from, and I don't want any child to experience that.

 

So I create portraits that capture the personality of a child, in a special time in their lives, to show them how much they are loved and valued.

 

Now I know that it takes a lot more than a portrait to make a child feel loved, but I truly believe it's a unique expression of love that really makes them feel special. 

 

Jane, Age 3, Oil

Jane, Age 3, Oil

 

I know that through the love of parents and God, a child can move out into the world with confidence, not afraid to be who they are.

 

I'm just happy I can contribute to that in a unique way:)

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Do What's Best For You

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Do What's Best For You

Listen to what people say but listen to it as an option – 
not a choice you have to make.  Do the best YOU can do and do what works for you and your family.

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Are You a Present Parent?

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Are You a Present Parent?

Of all the things the moms I work with struggle with, hands-down one of the biggest things is being present with their kids. It's such a struggle and challenge in our fast-paced, over-booked world, to simply slow down and focus on enjoying the privileges of being a mom. When you're distracted, you can't be a good parent.

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