6 Things You Need to Thank Your Mom for Doing When You Were Young

How often do you take time to thank your mom for all the things she did while raising you? Here are six things you need to call her and thank her for today.

Most adults stay in touch with their parents on a more or less regular basis. But how often do you take time to thank Mom for all the things she did while raising you, and possibly even now? Mothers play a special role in family life, but it is easy to forget the time, care, sacrifice, and worry that went into your upbringing. If you haven’t recently told your mom how much you appreciate her, pick up the phone and thank her for these six things.

Giving Birth

With birth being a choice for many mothers today, the fact that your mom chose to give you life is the most valuable gift in the world. Thank her for making that decision and seeing you through childhood as she prepared you to become an adult and live on your own. Choosing to become a mother is not an easy decision for many women, so emphasize your gratitude that your mom decided to go on that journey with you.

Making Sacrifices

Thank her for memories of giving you the last slice of pie or the few dollars she was saving for something your new shoes or the braces you needed. Praise her for spending some of the best years of her life in devotion to your wellbeing, health, and happiness. Mention her similarities to the Biblical Proverbs 31 woman, who is a wife and mother honored by her husband and children as well as the community for dedicating her life to family and good deeds. As an adult, it will be easier to look back and see all of the various sacrifices that your mom made for you as you were growing up.

Training and Guidance

Maybe you didn’t like it at the time, but express gratitude to Mom for making you go to school and getting an education. Without finishing high school and possibly going on to college, your future might not be as bright as it is now. Many mothers emphasize values like education, integrity, and compliance to help kids become successful while young and preparing for an eventual career and family of their own. Remember to also thank her for any homework help she gave you, and other ways she may have helped you get to where you are today.


No child appreciates time out, restrictions, or spankings, but mothers since the dawn of time have used the means they felt most effective to train each child about right and wrong choices along with the consequences for disobedience. Child discipline is an important parental duty to prepare children to become law-abiding, productive citizens as they grow up and enter the outside world. Whether you’re a strict rule follower now or like to walk the line in an innovative way, you can likely thank your mom for instilling that quality in you.


If you were able to have heart-to-heart talks with your mother or just get advice about decisions you needed to make, thank her for taking time to discuss things that were important to you. These might include education plans, relationship choices, and job issues. A listening ear means a lot when struggling with personal concerns, and a loving mother often provides non-judgmental support as well as logical reasoning.

Unconditional Love

Above all, thank your mom for loving you despite flaws and mistakes. No one believes more in your potential and celebrates your successes more happily than a mother. Thank her for being your mother, possibly the most important person in your life.

Mothers make huge sacrifices to raise children and teach them how to become strong, helpful, inspiring, amazing adults. If you haven’t recently, consider calling your mom to thank her for all the things she did for you that you may not have appreciated enough when you were young.

About the Author

Anica Oaks is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco. When she’s not writing, she’s enjoying her time outside with her dogs. Anica recommends reading about Proverbs 31 for more daily inspiration. Keep up with her on Twitter @anicaoaks.

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