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What little kids have to say about moms

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse  May 7, 2010 12:34 PM

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My 5- and 3-year-olds couldn't wait for me to see the projects they had worked on all week at school. In fact, when I got home last night they ran to the door, handmade cards and tissue-wrapped gifts in hand, even though Mother's Day isn't until Sunday.

Needless to say, I loved every hand-printed, lavender-scented bit of it.

This morning, when I took them to school, I saw that there was more. The kids had been asked to finish the sentences "I love my mom because..." and "My mom is really good at..." and another class had been asked to answer the question "What is a mom?" The responses were hilarious and sweet, and their teachers gave me permission to share them with you.

So, here you go: What preschoolers have to say about moms.

I love my mom because...

She plays with me a lot
She lets me play with her hair
She gives me presents
She lets me go in her bed
She makes the best burritos
She makes me happy
She kisses me everywhere
She makes good cookies
She makes the best lasagna
She lets me go to concerts
She gives me cuddles
She gives me treats sometimes
She brings me on bike rides
She plays with me

My Mom is really good at...

Fixing things
Making meatballs
Making chocolate banana bread
Cutting pants into shorts
Making pumpkin bread
Making chocolate chip waffles
Doing laundry
Giving the best hugs and kisses
Petting doggies
Cooking pancakes
Giving hugs and kisses
Making me asubmarine sandwich
Making grilled cheese
Getting lost
Making pancakes

What is a Mom?

It's someone who kisses you
Your mom loves you
A girl
It helps you tie your shoes
Makes dinner
They bring you to the movies
They put on TVs for you
They are nice to you
Someone in your family
They make breakfast
They take care of you
They love you and care for you
They hug you

My 5-year-old daughter says that I give good cuddles and am good at making pancakes, and that a mom is someone who takes care of you (an excellent definition, one that describes me perfectly as both a mom and a step mom). How would your children respond? Share in the comments, and to my readers who are moms of any kind, have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Lylah M. Alphonse is a Globe staff member and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day and blogs at Write. Edit. Repeat. E-mail her at  and follow her on Twitter @WriteEditRepeat.

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  1. At 48 years old, My Mom is still my biggest cheerleader. She still gives the best hugs, and makes the best pancakes. She taught me how to be kind to others, regardless of the color of their skin or religion. She taught me to "do unto others, as you would like done unto yourself" She made great cookies and was there for me when I came home from school with a big smile and hug. Failure was okay, as long as your tried your best. And when I was 40 and single and wanted a baby of my own, she completely understood and once again, cheered me on. Now I am the Mom of a fabulous 6 year old. And I hope to be a great Mom just like her.

    Posted by Marci May 7, 10 04:38 PM
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Lylah M. Alphonse
Lylah M. Alphonse is a member of the Globe Magazine staff and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling a full-time career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day, and about everything else at Write. Edit. Repeat. When she's not glued to the computer or solving a kid-related crisis, she's in the kitchen or, occasionally, asleep.

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