As my step-dad would say, my mom has a black belt in parenting. She is an extraordinary mother.
So many of the little things that I do with my kids to make them feel special come from her.
Signs all over the house for your birthday (or anything else special).
Favorite foods for celebrations.
Constant "I love yous."
Telling my kids to take a shower, because it will make you feel better.
And...making sure the seeds are out of the watermelon chunks. My mom served us watermelon all summer long, and she always cut it into chunks and scraped out the seeds. I thought everyone did this, until I went to other kids' houses and saw that their moms kept the seeds in and the kids spit them out.
My son has been sick for the past couple of days, and I wanted to give him special treats to make him feel better.
His favorite carrot cake muffins (from the book, of course!)
And, of course, watermelon chunks with the seeds removed.
My mom has made me and my sister feel special every day of our lives. I work hard to make sure my kids know that feeling, too.
(My mom also made sure that we said thank you to those who have been kind to us. The amazing Amy Green at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free has been so supportive of us that she has our immense gratitude! Please check out her site and her wonderful cookbook.)
Kim and Megan