And finally, though a child is armed with good intentions, his appreciation for his mom cannot be staged or expressed on command May 12. Kids are at their best when permitted to be kids: spontaneous, loving and appreciative on their terms when they feel it most, not when adults — mothers especially — expect it. So the best Mother’s Day might be the least planned, the day where moms receive sincere expressions of love without expecting them at all.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. Questions can be directed to www.drkateroberts.com or www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRoberts, or follow her on Twitter @DrKateParenting. Look for her upcoming column, on tips for managing technology over the summer.