2 new entries added to thank you letter, that include pictures. 1. <div>Dear Kids,</div><div><br></div><div>Mother's Day is upon us again, and television would have you think that we, female parents, are interested in things that most of us would gladly go without.</div><div><br></div><div><b>1. Jewelry.</b> I don't know about you, but I spend 90 percent of my time in black yoga pants. The other 10 percent is spent naked, looking for a pair clean enough to be worn in public. My only sadness is that they don't make reversible yoga pants so that I can wear them for double the amount of time. Even when I'm working, I look for the softest, most dressed-down clothes that can pass as "professional."</div><div><br></div><div>I have no need for fancy baubles that my 10-month-old would just try to rip off of my neck or wrists. I change what feels like 100 diapers a day. Perhaps one day I will be dripping in jewels rather than up to my elbows in wipes, but today is not that day.</div><div><br></div><div><b>2. Flowers.</b> While they're beautiful and fragrant, when I see flowers all I think is: Great. Something else I have to feed and keep alive. I will gratefully accept your roses, lilies and tulips, but try not to judge mommy when they're hunched over in a letter "C" three days later because I forgot to empty in the packet or magic crystals and change the water. I have a lot on my mind, sweethearts.</div><div><br></div><div><b>3. Chocolate. </b>I will graciously accept a box of chocolates, but really... moms can buy those for ourselves. In fact, I have secret chocolate stashed all over the house.</div><div><br></div><div><b>4. Perfume.</b> Right now I'm wearing Eau de Goldfish. It smells like GMOs and desperation.</div><div><br></div><div><b>5. Vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies or pots and pans.</b> Buying one of these items for Mother's Day is an act of war. Be careful. Even if I need or want one of these items, today is not the day to remind me of household obligations.</div><div><br></div><div>Kids, do you want to make mommy really, truly happy on Mother's Day? If so, there's just one gift that all of us would REALLY love, and I have some good news: it's 100 percent free.</div><div><br></div><div>We want sleep.</div><div><br></div><div>We want uninterrupted, deep, snoring, drool-dripping, floating on a comforter, surrounded by pillows, no-kids-in-the-bed, dream-filled sleep. We don't want to be drizzled with magical Sandman dust -- no, we want him to empty the bag out on our heads until it's empty.</div><div><br></div><div>Even though most of our brains have been programmed to wake up at 6:30 a.m. latest, even if there isn't a young child shaking us from slumber and loudly inquiring about breakfast, we'd still revel in the ability to lie in bed until we come to a complete state of alertness before dealing with bodily fluids or breaking up the first of 10,000 sibling fights.</div><div><br></div><div>Every mom I know fantasizes about falling into a delicious state of unconsciousness, knowing with full confidence that she won't be jerked awake by the sound of a baby who needs changing, feeding or twilight rocking. Toddlers, we love you dearly. Your inquisitive minds, protruding bellies and signature mispronunciations are all part of your undeniable charm. How about for Mother's Day you stay in your bed and keep your eyes closed until I come get you? Let's put a 24-hour hiatus on the 2 a.m. chitchat and waking up with the sun, shall we?</div><div><br></div><div>I can already hear you saying it: "You're going to miss this one day." Of course, when you kids are all grown up, we'll occasionally long for sneakers in three sizes by the door again and the sound of innocent laughter reverberating through the house -- but you know what we won't miss? Sleep deprivation. We won't miss waking up in the morning feeling like we've been working the <i>Dinosaur Train</i> night shift. I, for one, will not miss being a zombie mom.</div><div><br></div><div>We also won't miss stories from friends about how their 16 children all slept through the night by the time they were two weeks old (GOOD FOR YOU), but that's a different story entirely.</div><div><br></div><div>So, children of the world, listen closely. For Mother's Day, drawings are wonderful. Mugs are appreciated. Clay handprints will be treasured forever, we promise. But if you really want to make mommy happy on her special day, please pass the heck out. And stay like that until 10 a.m. Love you and thank you.</div><div><br></div><div><i>Bunmi Laditan's first book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Honest-Toddler-Childs-Guide-Parenting/dp/1476734771/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sr=&amp;qid=" title=" The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting" target="_blank">The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting</a>, is in stores now.</i></div>

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The Most Important Thing All Moms Want For Mother's Day

A funny guide describes what to give Mom for Mother's Day, and what gifts she will loathe.
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<div>Dear Kids,</div><div><br></div><div>Mother's Day is upon us again, and television would have you think that we, female parents, are interested in things that most of us would gladly go without.</div><div><br></div><div><b>1. Jewelry.</b> I don't know about you, but I spend 90 percent of my time in black yoga pants. The other 10 percent is spent naked, looking for a pair clean enough to be worn in public. My only sadness is that they don't make reversible yoga pants so that I can wear them for double the amount of time. Even when I'm working, I look for the softest, most dressed-down clothes that can pass as "professional."</div><div><br></div><div>I have no need for fancy baubles that my 10-month-old would just try to rip off of my neck or wrists. I change what feels like 100 diapers a day. Perhaps one day I will be dripping in jewels rather than up to my elbows in wipes, but today is not that day.</div><div><br></div><div><b>2. Flowers.</b> While they're beautiful and fragrant, when I see flowers all I think is: Great. Something else I have to feed and keep alive. I will gratefully accept your roses, lilies and tulips, but try not to judge mommy when they're hunched over in a letter "C" three days later because I forgot to empty in the packet or magic crystals and change the water. I have a lot on my mind, sweethearts.</div><div><br></div><div><b>3. Chocolate. </b>I will graciously accept a box of chocolates, but really... moms can buy those for ourselves. In fact, I have secret chocolate stashed all over the house.</div><div><br></div><div><b>4. Perfume.</b> Right now I'm wearing Eau de Goldfish. It smells like GMOs and desperation.</div><div><br></div><div><b>5. Vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies or pots and pans.</b> Buying one of these items for Mother's Day is an act of war. Be careful. Even if I need or want one of these items, today is not the day to remind me of household obligations.</div><div><br></div><div>Kids, do you want to make mommy really, truly happy on Mother's Day? If so, there's just one gift that all of us would REALLY love, and I have some good news: it's 100 percent free.</div><div><br></div><div>We want sleep.</div><div><br></div><div>We want uninterrupted, deep, snoring, drool-dripping, floating on a comforter, surrounded by pillows, no-kids-in-the-bed, dream-filled sleep. We don't want to be drizzled with magical Sandman dust -- no, we want him to empty the bag out on our heads until it's empty.</div><div><br></div><div>Even though most of our brains have been programmed to wake up at 6:30 a.m. latest, even if there isn't a young child shaking us from slumber and loudly inquiring about breakfast, we'd still revel in the ability to lie in bed until we come to a complete state of alertness before dealing with bodily fluids or breaking up the first of 10,000 sibling fights.</div><div><br></div><div>Every mom I know fantasizes about falling into a delicious state of unconsciousness, knowing with full confidence that she won't be jerked awake by the sound of a baby who needs changing, feeding or twilight rocking. Toddlers, we love you dearly. Your inquisitive minds, protruding bellies and signature mispronunciations are all part of your undeniable charm. How about for Mother's Day you stay in your bed and keep your eyes closed until I come get you? Let's put a 24-hour hiatus on the 2 a.m. chitchat and waking up with the sun, shall we?</div><div><br></div><div>I can already hear you saying it: "You're going to miss this one day." Of course, when you kids are all grown up, we'll occasionally long for sneakers in three sizes by the door again and the sound of innocent laughter reverberating through the house -- but you know what we won't miss? Sleep deprivation. We won't miss waking up in the morning feeling like we've been working the <i>Dinosaur Train</i> night shift. I, for one, will not miss being a zombie mom.</div><div><br></div><div>We also won't miss stories from friends about how their 16 children all slept through the night by the time they were two weeks old (GOOD FOR YOU), but that's a different story entirely.</div><div><br></div><div>So, children of the world, listen closely. For Mother's Day, drawings are wonderful. Mugs are appreciated. Clay handprints will be treasured forever, we promise. But if you really want to make mommy happy on her special day, please pass the heck out. And stay like that until 10 a.m. Love you and thank you.</div><div><br></div><div><i>Bunmi Laditan's first book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Honest-Toddler-Childs-Guide-Parenting/dp/1476734771/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sr=&amp;qid=" title=" The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting" target="_blank">The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting</a>, is in stores now.</i></div>
<div>Dear Kids,</div><div><br></div&g t;<div>Mother's Day is upon us again, and television would have you think that we, female parents, are interested in things that most of us would gladly go without.</div><div><br></di v><div><b>1. Jewelry.</b> I don't know about you, but I spend 90 percent of my time in black yoga pants. The other 10 percent is spent naked, looking for a pair clean enough to be worn in public. My only sadness is that they don't make reversible yoga pants so that I can wear them for double the amount of time. Even when I'm working, I look for the softest, most dressed-down clothes that can pass as "professional."</div><div> <br></div><div>I have no need for fancy baubles that my 10-month-old would just try to rip off of my neck or wrists. I change what feels like 100 diapers a day. Perhaps one day I will be dripping in jewels rather than up to my elbows in wipes, but today is not that day.</div><div><br></div> ;<div><b>2. Flowers.</b> While they're beautiful and fragrant, when I see flowers all I think is: Great. Something else I have to feed and keep alive. I will gratefully accept your roses, lilies and tulips, but try not to judge mommy when they're hunched over in a letter "C" three days later because I forgot to empty in the packet or magic crystals and change the water. I have a lot on my mind, sweethearts.</div><div><br>< ;/div><div><b>3. Chocolate. </b>I will graciously accept a box of chocolates, but really... moms can buy those for ourselves. In fact, I have secret chocolate stashed all over the house.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div><b>4. Perfume.</b> Right now I'm wearing Eau de Goldfish. It smells like GMOs and desperation.</div><div><br>< ;/div><div><b>5. Vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies or pots and pans.</b> Buying one of these items for Mother's Day is an act of war. Be careful. Even if I need or want one of these items, today is not the day to remind me of household obligations.</div><div><br>< ;/div><div>Kids, do you want to make mommy really, truly happy on Mother's Day? If so, there's just one gift that all of us would REALLY love, and I have some good news: it's 100 percent free.</div><div><br></div&g t;<div>We want sleep.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div>We want uninterrupted, deep, snoring, drool-dripping, floating on a comforter, surrounded by pillows, no-kids-in-the-bed, dream-filled sleep. We don't want to be drizzled with magical Sandman dust -- no, we want him to empty the bag out on our heads until it's empty.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div>Even though most of our brains have been programmed to wake up at 6:30 a.m. latest, even if there isn't a young child shaking us from slumber and loudly inquiring about breakfast, we'd still revel in the ability to lie in bed until we come to a complete state of alertness before dealing with bodily fluids or breaking up the first of 10,000 sibling fights.</div><div><br></div ><div>Every mom I know fantasizes about falling into a delicious state of unconsciousness, knowing with full confidence that she won't be jerked awake by the sound of a baby who needs changing, feeding or twilight rocking. Toddlers, we love you dearly. Your inquisitive minds, protruding bellies and signature mispronunciations are all part of your undeniable charm. How about for Mother's Day you stay in your bed and keep your eyes closed until I come get you? Let's put a 24-hour hiatus on the 2 a.m. chitchat and waking up with the sun, shall we?</div><div><br></div> <div>I can already hear you saying it: "You're going to miss this one day." Of course, when you kids are all grown up, we'll occasionally long for sneakers in three sizes by the door again and the sound of innocent laughter reverberating through the house -- but you know what we won't miss? Sleep deprivation. We won't miss waking up in the morning feeling like we've been working the <i>Dinosaur Train</i> night shift. I, for one, will not miss being a zombie mom.</div><div><br></div> ;<div>We also won't miss stories from friends about how their 16 children all slept through the night by the time they were two weeks old (GOOD FOR YOU), but that's a different story entirely.</div><div><br></d iv><div>So, children of the world, listen closely. For Mother's Day, drawings are wonderful. Mugs are appreciated. Clay handprints will be treasured forever, we promise. But if you really want to make mommy happy on her special day, please pass the heck out. And stay like that until 10 a.m. Love you and thank you.</div><div><br></div> ;<div><i>Bunmi Laditan's first book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Honest-Toddler- Childs-Guide-Parenting/dp/1476734771/ref=tmm_pap _swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sr=&amp;qid =" title=" The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting" target="_blank">The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting</a>, is in stores now.</i></div>
Bunmi Laditan
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Dear Mom: A Letter Of Gratitude To All Mothers This Mothers Day

One day out of the year, we have this beautiful opportunity to give back the people who have given us so much: our moms.
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<div>One day out of the year, we have this beautiful opportunity to give back the people who have given us so much: our moms.</div><div><br></div><div>We love them (at times, maybe not so much) and as we get older, sometimes, we become them. Whether she carried you inside of her for nine months or is a non-blood related woman who has loved you like her own, most people can identify a person who they can be thankful for on this holiday.</div><div><br></div><div>So, Mom, this one is for you:</div><div><br></div><div><b>Thank You For Your Unconditional Love And Friendship</b></div><div><br></div><div>You are my best friend and you always have been. Ive seen your love when you attended my sporting events, posted on Facebook about how proud you are of me and when you comforted me at times that life became a little too tough to handle. Not to mention, you have shown me how to love others and how to love them well.</div><div><br></div><div>Thank You For Showing Me Grace When I Didnt Deserve It</div><div><br></div><div>Perhaps it is easier for me to take my frustrations out on you than anyone else in this world because you love me limitlessly and unconditionally. There were times when I was a total brat to you; I was rude, selfish and unkind. Still, you loved me anyway, and for that, I am forever grateful.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Thank You For Comforting Me Through Heartbreaks</b></div><div><br></div><div>Thanks for letting me cry on your bed when boys did not treat me well. You always said the right things and made me laugh with stories about the boys you dated in high school and college. Thanks for always taking my side when it came to relationships and threatening any guy who posed a threat to my heart.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Thank You For Giving Me Everything</b></div><div><br></div><div>You never told me no and I appreciate that generosity. I know kids can be expensive and demanding.</div><div><br></div><div>From supporting me emotionally through my awkward middle school days, to sacrificing your personal time after your long days at work to talk me through my problems when no one else cared, to supporting me financially through college, you have always been there.</div><div><br></div><div>You have sacrificed so much in order to give me a better life than you had when you were a kid.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Thank You For Always Believing In Me</b></div><div><br></div><div>Life has been difficult and there have been times when Ive felt like giving up, when things were not going my way. Each time, you were there to remind me of my worth as a human being.</div><div><br></div><div>You encouraged me to keep reaching for the unreachable and never settle for anything less than I deserved. No matter how bizarre my dreams were  from becoming president or a meteorologist or a professional dog walker or a food truck operator  you always told me to go after what would make me happy.</div><div><br></div><div>As I get older, I realize more and more how much you have done for me and continue to do every day.</div><div><br></div><div>This Mothers Day, thank whomever you call Mom for being the best on the planet at her job. Happy Mothers Day, Mom.</div>
<div>One day out of the year, we have this beautiful opportunity to give back the people who have given us so much: our moms.</div><div><br></div&g t;<div>We love them (at times, maybe not so much) and as we get older, sometimes, we become them. Whether she carried you inside of her for nine months or is a non-blood related woman who has loved you like her own, most people can identify a person who they can be thankful for on this holiday.</div><div><br></di v><div>So, Mom, this one is for you:</div><div><br></div> ;<div><b>Thank You For Your Unconditional Love And Friendship</b></div><div><b r></div><div>You are my best friend and you always have been. Ive seen your love when you attended my sporting events, posted on Facebook about how proud you are of me and when you comforted me at times that life became a little too tough to handle. Not to mention, you have shown me how to love others and how to love them well.</div><div><br></div&g t;<div>Thank You For Showing Me Grace When I Didnt Deserve It</div><div><br></div>& lt;div>Perhaps it is easier for me to take my frustrations out on you than anyone else in this world because you love me limitlessly and unconditionally. There were times when I was a total brat to you; I was rude, selfish and unkind. Still, you loved me anyway, and for that, I am forever grateful.</div><div><br></d iv><div><b>Thank You For Comforting Me Through Heartbreaks</b></div><div>< br></div><div>Thanks for letting me cry on your bed when boys did not treat me well. You always said the right things and made me laugh with stories about the boys you dated in high school and college. Thanks for always taking my side when it came to relationships and threatening any guy who posed a threat to my heart.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div><b>Thank You For Giving Me Everything</b></div><div><b r></div><div>You never told me no and I appreciate that generosity. I know kids can be expensive and demanding.</div><div><br></ div><div>From supporting me emotionally through my awkward middle school days, to sacrificing your personal time after your long days at work to talk me through my problems when no one else cared, to supporting me financially through college, you have always been there.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div>You have sacrificed so much in order to give me a better life than you had when you were a kid.</div><div><br></div> ;<div><b>Thank You For Always Believing In Me</b></div><div><br>< ;/div><div>Life has been difficult and there have been times when Ive felt like giving up, when things were not going my way. Each time, you were there to remind me of my worth as a human being.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div>You encouraged me to keep reaching for the unreachable and never settle for anything less than I deserved. No matter how bizarre my dreams were from becoming president or a meteorologist or a professional dog walker or a food truck operator you always told me to go after what would make me happy.</div><div><br></div& gt;<div>As I get older, I realize more and more how much you have done for me and continue to do every day.</div><div><br></div> ;<div>This Mothers Day, thank whomever you call Mom for being the best on the planet at her job. Happy Mothers Day, Mom.</div>
Amy Dickey
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