Happy Mother’s Day!

Moms* do a lot of the heavy lifting in our families … and kids know it. 

To celebrate the important work that moms do every day, here’s a round up of some of the stories kids have shared that mention moms!

Keith (7) from Maryland, isn’t sure that he’s liking doing school at home, but said that “something good is my mom helping me.” 

Eight-year-old Grant from Indiana appreciates everything his mom is doing at home, but he’s also pretty clear on who he’d rather have as a teacher: “I would rather go to school and have my real teacher back.”

At eight-year-old Rocco’s house in Ontario, they’re getting ready for a real Mother’s Day when their new baby arrives next month (and Rocco has some great advice for his new little brother when he arrives).

Today is also a day to celebrate grandmothers! Alice (4) from Colorado stays in touch with her grandmother every day, and they’re making epic plans for what they’ll do when they can see each other again.

Some moms, like Kylie’s, work far away from home, which makes being apart even harder.  Others, like Brayden’s, are health care workers. They’re doing their very best to keep themselves — and the rest of us! — healthy and safe.

That doesn’t mean we don’t worry about our moms, though.

Alejandra (9) from Peru shares the concerns she has when her mom goes out to get groceries. Eight-year-old Isabella has the exact same worry. And Murray (12), was worried when his mom found it difficult to do the family’s shopping in Ontario: “most things we needed were all taken.”

At home, moms are just doing their best. In England, Bayley’s mom is teaching about money. In Pennsylvania, Ella’s mom helps to make a schedule to keep things interesting. Taya’s mom, in Ontario, said “yes” to a baking experiment — and everyone got to eat the delicious results. 

Moms, I just want to say: I see you. I see your hard work. I can hear the exhaustion in your voice. I know you go to bed some nights wondering how you’re going to get through the next day — knowing that you’re going to have to do it all over again, and again, and again. I know how much you miss being alone … how much you crave quiet … how some days five minutes in a lukewarm shower is the only thing that keeps you sane.

You’re doing the hardest work, day in and day out. If no one else in your life takes a moment to thank you for it, please hear it from me: thank you for everything you do. Together, we build the world. ❤️

— Jeni

* Dads do, too! You’ll get your turn in June. 😊 

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