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What is the best trait a mother can have?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 11, 2008

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“The ability to love her children unconditionally in a way that they can understand.”

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“To be able to forgive her children for anything and love them no matter what they do.”

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“To be family oriented. To take care of her family first and provide for her children’s future.”

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“Probably being a caregiver. To take care of her kids when they’re sick or need help.”


Sean Livingstone 10 years ago

Forgiveness and tolerance. Not just mom, but dad too. Too many times, couples separated without thinking for their children, intend to pursue their lifestyle and interests. I consider that selfish, because if you want your children to be in this world, then, it's your responsibility to give up something in your life for them. Happy Mother's Day! And soon, Happy Father's Day!

jonas 10 years ago

A highly honed death stare. Anyone want to place bets on whether one of our resident pro-life nuts come on at some point today?

canyon_wren 10 years ago

Lots of traits come to mind--being honest and not "phony" with her children; really listening to them; patience (as just mentioned); giving them the security that concrete expectations for their behavior provide; realizing that they will grow and be gone all too soon and she will have time later to indulge her own whims. If possible at all, providing a father for them is mighty important, as well. I applaud "non-mothers" today--too--those who have made a conscientious decision that motherhood is not for them, so that there are fewer children brought up in homes where these important mothers' traits are absent. The role of mother is too important, with far-reaching effects, to be taken on thoughtlessly.

poop2scoop 10 years ago

Using the username of Marion, Marion Lynn has over 10,000 posts on this LJWorld forum. Using other anonymous usernames that total could be double, triple or quadruple that amount. He must really like the LJWorld.

road_Runner 10 years ago

When I was younger....Thou shalt not kill.

denak 10 years ago

The ability to empathize with her child. And the ability to establish and enforce a good bedtime routine.

notajayhawk 10 years ago

Children.Without that, the rest is pretty much moot.(Which I believe is what Marion's post implied, for those of you who appeared to have missed it.)

jonny_quest 10 years ago

Marion's answer to this particular "On The Street" question is fairly profound.

yourworstnightmare 10 years ago

Any pro-choice mothers out there?I think mariann's comment was more profound than he realized.

Godot 10 years ago

The understanding that being a mother means sacrificing one's selfish interests for one's children.....until they are finally on their own, and then you can remodel, repaint, refurnish and partaayy!

Godot 10 years ago

Denak, let me inteterpret: I know you want to stay up, but go to bed, NOW!Right?

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