Go to your baby a million times

I saw this image recently and it made me chuckle.


Because this is me and this is how I mother. All-in.


Both boys tower over me by 10″ or more but when times are tough and obstacles seem impossible, I help silence their fears by channeling Mrs. Cluck.

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“Don’t stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby. Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted, that the environment can be trusted, that we live in a benign universe.”  – Peggy O’Mara

If you’re a parent, can you relate? 

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32 thoughts on “Go to your baby a million times

  1. I’m not a parent, and I can still relate. I feel fairly confident that if I had kids, I’d be exactly this kind of mom. The photo is priceless!

  2. Kathy is totally this kind of friend, so that counts for a LOT. Love the quote 🙂

  3. OH yeah….this is how I toll….

  4. Cute, cute image! Talk about comfy cozy.

  5. Yes Yes Yes I can relate ONE MILLION TIMES
    God Bless

  6. I’m not a parent….but I like it 🙂

  7. love, love, love that quote! I could never let Marshall “cry it out”, or “cry himself to sleep”…. Sweet picture.

    • I loved that quote, too … and no, I couldn’t let them cry it out. I remember someone telling me that youngest boy (19 today) never cried, that she had never heard him cry. I looked at her and very calmly said, “because he doesn’t need to.” His needs were met – there was hardly ever a reason for that.

      Cheers to you Dianna!

  8. Relate completely… i love being home and able to talk to all 3 of my chicks every single day… sometimes more than that 🙂 My kids call me a mother bear, that’s pretty accurate!

  9. Sure can, love the picture!

  10. Ah, a mom after my own heart! I struggle a bit…do I over-mother? Am I (was I) overprotective? Yes, sometimes! I try to balance this tendency with my young adults…I want them to be strong and independent. But I never want them to feel alone or unsupported, and I would guess that sometimes I err on the side of mom-ness! But can’t help myself! Love the image! ~ Sheila

    • I know what you mean: there’s that fine line we walk between loving and supporting and doing too much. I encourage them to do for themselves, and they do, but emotionally, I am always right there and they know it. I definitely err on the “side of Mom-ness,” like you do, but I think they’re better men for it. My Mom was always there for me, and knowing that gave me the courage to get out into the world and live! Cheers!

  11. all of these ladies commenting and not one “dude”. LOL…here goes. You can’t mother hen someone when they don’t want it. It’s not what my girls want from me, at least not yet. As the father I can only warn them of the boogy men that lie in wait for them. Our oldest daughter is starting to heed my advice, she’s traveled to Europe twice and has seen things that might add some credence to my opinion. The younger two girls take to my advice like oil to water.

    Maybe they’ll acknowledge Connie’s and my advice later….they’re still a few years behind your kids.

    • That is very true: you can’t mother (or father) what they won’t accept. But you know as well as I do, even when they don’t seem to be paying attention, they are. I can’t tell you the # of times the boys have quoted either one of us and we both laughed ’cause, at the time, it seemed like they didn’t hear a thing!

      Bests to you, RR

  12. Relate? Most definitely I do!

  13. I can certainly relate to your wise and wonderful words.

    • I have always heard that having kids is like having your heart walk around outside your body – and I know that, for me, having Grand-kids is the same and then some! MJ

  14. Your kids are so lucky to have a mom who takes such complete care of them! It’s what I strive for too, as long as they’ll let me.

    • That’s just it, isn’t it, Terri? If they’ll let us … I try to walk that fine line between helping/supporting and doing for. I don’t want to “do for” unless they’re doing for themselves first!


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