To Every Child, From Your Mother

Written by Alison Lee

Dear Children,

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) – I will always love you.

Even on days when I’m not my best self, when I’m not the best Mama, I do love you. Know that.

Even on the days when moods are bad, and things don’t go anyone’s way, I do love you. Remember that.

Especially on the days when I seem to shy away from your hugs and cuddles, sometimes, Mama just needs the space. The space to just be. The space to breathe. The space to remember that I am my own self. The space to realize that I am more than just a mother. I do love you. Maybe more than ever.

Even when I raise my voice and wish I hadn’t. Even on days when I say ‘no’ more than I say ‘yes’. Even on days when I frown more than I smile. I do love you.

Even when I have little energy to play, or read you a book, know that I do want to, but the body can only do so much in the hours that we are given. I do love you.

Especially on the days when I have to focus on one or the other a little more, because sometimes, your brother needs me more. Please know, I do love you too.

Even on days when it seems that you’ve become a child monster, when nothing makes you happy, when the smallest thing irks you, I do love you.

Even on days when nothing I serve you on a plate is good enough to eat but good enough to play with, I love you very much.

Especially on days when you turn the house upside down, spill food and juice everywhere, push each other around, and refuse to go to bed at night, yes, I love you to the moon and back.

On days when it’s kisses and smiles and sticky heads and sweaty heads, I love you, with love bigger than the Universe.

And on days when I remember to be present, truly appreciate the blessings that you are to me, I love you, with love wider than the oceans combined.

Especially on days when I look into your eyes, and I thank you for allowing me to be your mother, imperfect as I am, your love so unconditional, know that I love you, forever and always.

Alison LeeAbout the Author: Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison shares stories of motherhood on her blog, Writing, Wishing, was a regular blogger at Everyday Family, and her writing has been featured on Mamalode and Huffington Post. You can find Alison on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.


About The Author


Mary Katherine is a southerner, born and raised. Growing up in Alabama, she developed an affinity for lightning bugs, sweet tea, playing guitar, and having strong opinions. She's happily married with a son (Nugget) and two fur babies. Fun facts: MK is a living kidney donor, speaks a little Thai, and has written two novels.


  1. Beautiful – just love this! Many nights after the kids are sleeping I sit down and the “hard” moments of the day’s parenting moments rise to the surface causing me to feel guilt over not being a more patient mom. I think the most important thing moms can do when that happens is to make sure we allow time to focus on good things we do and not let the regret thoughts take over.

  2. It’s so important for the kids to hear this and for the moms to say it – because some days it’s all that will keep you going. Love this, Alison!

  3. Parenting is hard. There have been more than a few moments where the kids made me yell and I went to bed feeling guilty that I lost it.

    But there are more good moments than bad and that makes all the difference.

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