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What Dads Can Teach Children on Mother’s Day

by Rebecca Eanes


So, on this one day, Dads can you please just make sure your children’s moms feel loved, valued, and appreciated? Can you teach your children to be thoughtful, doting, and kind to this woman who has given them her whole heart? Can you teach your sons and daughters to show appreciation to the mom who often feels so under appreciated? Here’s what you can do to make Mom feel loved.

1. Talk to your kids about the meaning of Mother’s Day. Explain to them that, while they should love and appreciate Mom every day, this is a special day to show her love and to make her a priority. Ask them for ideas on how they can best do that, then help them follow through with their plans.

2. Ask your child what gift they’d like to get for mom and take them out and let them get it. Have them wrap it and write a card, and make it a wonderful surprise!

3. Talk to your child about ways to show appreciation, like breakfast in bed, an encouraging note, a day off from chores, making her bed, or her favorite dinner. Ask them which one they would like to do to show their Mom appreciation.

4. Coach your children on verbally expressing love and tender emotions. Yes, this is something all parents should be doing, but it means a lot coming from you, Dad. Give your boys and girls the words to say that will fill Mom’s heart. “I love all that you do for me.” “I appreciate you, Mom.” “Thank you for all you do.” “I’m glad you’re my mom.”


Teaching your children these important skills will serve them in all of the relationships in their lifetime. Coaching them to show tender emotions, to put someone else first, and to truly appreciate their loved ones is as much a gift to them as it is to Mom. Plus, it means that Mom will go bed to feeling totally loved and appreciated, and that’s really all she ever wants.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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