“Why does your mommy love you?”

I asked a preschooler, “Why does your mommy love you?” He said, “Because that is my mommy’s job. Mommies love kids, and my mommy is really good at her job. Daddy wants her job to be cleaning the kitchen, but she really is not that good at that one.”

"My mommy loves me!"

“My mommy doing her job.”

Everyone has a job in this world that is interested in someone or something else. If you are a banker you are interested in people who are investors. If you are a doctor, you are interested in people who are patients. If you are a researcher you are interested in people who can be a statistic.

If you are a mother, you are interested in your child. You have other things you must do and care for, but your love for your child is the most important part of being a mother. You want your child to be the best he or she can be. Love allows you to accept a child that is different from you. Love allows you to accept a child that looks you in the face and says, “NO, I will NOT do that!” Love allows you to pick up countless little toys off the floor when you are tired and sweep crumbs in areas you never thought food was allowed.

The job description of loving a child is the biggest one a person will ever have. It is through that love that the child is truly formed. A baby may be physically formed in a mother’s womb, but he or she is emotionally formed while in a mother’s presence. That is a job that is truly more important than cleaning a kitchen.

  • Why do you think mommies love their children?
  • What happens if a child does not see a mother performing her job with love?
  • What can mothers do when it is just plain hard to love?
  • Will you try loving someone today that may look like they don’t deserve it?

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso


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