I don’t remember a time that my mother yelled at me. I know that there are lots of people out there that had tense childhoods of getting in trouble from their moms, possibly well-deserved, but I just didn’t. A lot of the memories that I have of my mother are what give me inspiration to try to be sweet, kind, and loving as I parent my own kids. There are several specific things that I remember fondly. She did each of these so often that I couldn't keep up with the love she showed.
Sing a little song – My mom used to sing me my favorite praise song over and over and over again. I would imagine she got tired of singing it to me, but if she did, I never knew.
Tickle My Back – My mom would regularly tickle my back to help me fall asleep while she was singing to me. I, like any other kid who was as cool as me, loved it when I had that combination that soothed me and helped me drift off to sleep.
Oh My Aching Back – I didn’t actually have back problems, but I loved it when my mom would rub my back to wake me up. She was sweet and used a loving a soft voice to welcome in the day.
I know what you are thinking… That’s no mom! That’s a holy deity. I thought the same thing myself for the longest time. J The truth is, my mom demonstrated the joy of service in raising her boys. She took care of us, waited on us, and demonstrated love to us every day. So, I wanted to establish something right here, right now.
My parents often talk about which of them is the sweetest. Mom says it is dad and dad says it is mom. I have had the honor of being raised by the sweetest mom I could ever hope for. Having that example gives me joy. So mom, I know you are reading this, you truly are the sweetest!
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.