What A Mother Does: Doers

Moms Talk looks at what a mother does.

. She does a lot. Some of my favorite Moms Talkers immediately wrote in adding some of the very special things they do, contributing to a list long enough to wrap itself around the world in a hug.

Here are their voices:

Reads the same book over, and over, and over... Trying to do it with enthusiasm each time no matter how tired she is of that “Sam I Am,” hoping it will encourage her child's budding love of reading.

  • Allows a lamb, three dogs and a gigantic 5'9 twelve-year-old to sleep in her bed for one night.
  • Rushes over to her daughters babysitting job to help get the infant to sleep so her daughter won't have to fess up and not get hired again.
  • Drives. 
Drives all over during the day and night depending on her children's schedules.
  • Reads the Hunger Games 
(and Twilight too)
  • Learns to like Heavy metal so she can truly appreciate her son.
  • And I can not forget, 

Stands in line for 7 hours in the wee hours of the morning with her son to get him the latest Harry Potter book.

I remember staying up at night with my daughter after she had night terrors ... just holding her and singing to her and telling her stories the whole night through. By the time she'd fall asleep, I'd have to get dressed and go to work ...

Homework, homework, and more homework! I'm involved in more homework now than I ever had when I was a kid in school. And projects ... don't get me started on those maddening projects!

I braved the midnight premier of Twilight 
for my daughter.

Leila Andersen

Gives up a shopping weekend with her girlfriends in New York City to see her children be an angel, a sheep and a shepherd in the Church Christmas pageant.


Gets drenched to the bone so her children can stay warm and dry under the umbrella.

Something my mother often tells me she used to do for me: taste a spoonful of every jar of baby food before she fed it to me. Now that's love!

Jennifer T.

Stays up with her 16-year-old daughter all night staring at the TV and saying nothing, just rubbing her back, while she cries because her first real love broke up with her.

Mothers become the fiercest of warriors when faced with adversity against their children, be it food allergies, bullies, learning disabilities, and more.

And the last words …

I have always loved this Agatha Christie quote for the same reason..."A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in this world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”

momalot February 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I love your message, especially the beautiful simplicity in the word "does". It certainly encapsulates a mother, that's for sure. A word I would also choose is "worry." A mom worries, worries, worries for her children. Hopefully so they don't have to.
caro February 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Sewing costumes!!!!! And baking zillions of cupcakes, and having 20 eight year olds to your house for a birthday party. Insane! But, yes, we do it.
Wendy Schapiro February 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Driving everywhere until it feels like your backside is permanently glued to the front seat of your car! Talking about sex and dating and drugs/alcohol even though it's uncomfortable. Basically, being a mom means doing what NEEDS doing, even when you don't want to do it... and that goes for dads, too, btw :)
Tracey Lee Copeland February 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Lately in my house, my "does" have been soothing the broken heart of my 17 year old son, resisting the "there's other fish in the sea/you're too good for her" speeches and just hugging him and listening....while at the same time helping my 6 year old son learn to read by reading what seems like the 999th Magic Treehouse book! Thanks Adrienne for another great post!
tammy b April 20, 2012 at 03:45 AM
my 15 year olds Broken heart, really broken and scorned.. we cried together for over 1 week, bed at 3am, only to be awakened again because someone posted or texted her giving her updates on her Ex.... I can't even tell her about all the fish in the sea.. all i can do is Listen, any comment/suggestion is the wrong one.. now 3 wks out and i think we may get some sleep..maybe


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