As a Mom, I Don’t ‘Have’ to do This, I ‘Get’ to

Today started unusually busy and rushed.

The kids slept in since they’d been up late all week trying to catch up on middle school stuff.

As we all buzzed around the house, looking for this, packing up that — my daughter shouted from the top of the stairs:

“Mom, can you make me a lunch, please?”

For a split second, I almost hollered back up to tell her to make it herself.

But, here’s the thing.

I know and she knows she can make her own lunch. She is more than capable and on most days does most things for herself.

After a brief pause, I yelled back, “Sure!”

I thought as I grabbed for the yogurt and raisins, what a gift it is to be a mother. Doing for my kids is something I *get* to do.

I get to make their house a home.

I get to cheer for them from the sidelines.

I get to fill their bellies with nourishment.

Valli Gideons
Valli Gideons
Valli Gideons is the author of the #1 Amazon New Release children’s book, “Now Hear This: Harper Soars with her Magic Ears.” She is also a military bride, speaker, and mother of two thriving teens who were born with hearing loss. With a degree in journalism, she transitioned from everyday stories to sharing her family's hearing loss journey. To date, her work has reached millions of people across multiple platforms. With an engaged community made up of parents and leaders in the field of the deaf and hard of hearing, she is passionate about her role as advocate and champion of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. When she is not writing or carpooling to and from a sports gym or field, you can find her walking her two rescue pups along the beach trail. You can follow more of this family’s journey at, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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