I know so many great moms. My grandmother, my mother, my aunts, my sister, many of my friends.
They're amazing, strong women. I've watched them guide their children with loving words. I've seen them give little ones the opportunity to learn to help around the house. They have been generous with their time, and shared their talents with their children.
One of the things I always appreciated about my mom was the support she gave me growing up. No matter what the activity, she was there to watch.
With children of my own, I'm more appreciative than ever of the examples of motherhood I've had in my life. There are days when it's the best job in the world — when my morning starts with sweet smiles and tiny kisses. And there are times when it's tough — when I'm struggling to find a way to teach my son the best way to handle conflict, or when my daughter has woken up, again, to eat.
I asked my 4-year-old son today what made me a good mom.
"I love you," he said, "and you love me."
Share your great stories of motherhood with Oak Creek Patch readers. Whether it's your mom, your sister, your friend or yourself, tell us what's great about the moms you know. You can leave comments below, and upload photos to create a gallery of moms just in time for Mother's Day.