Moms have a way of making you feel special, in a way that no one else can. Think about it – when you’re sick, don’t you instantly yearn for your mom to be there to take care of you? When something really great happens, you want to share it with her right away. Even friends with “challenging” mom relationships acknowledge that there is a bond there that is indescribable and invaluable.

I never understood the depths of my own mother’s love until I became a mom myself. Someone once said that becoming a mom is like taking your heart out of your chest and setting it loose in the world. And that is pretty much what it feels like. Our children’s successes provide more joy than our own. And when they are hurt or fail, our hearts physically ache with the sadness.

There is the constant worry of whether or not you’re succeeding at the job of being a mom. Balancing the desire to give them the best, but also knowing that you can’t go overboard (no one wants to be described as the dreaded Helicopter Mom.) And, now I know the dirty secret of motherhood – the sleep deprivation does not end when your baby starts to sleep through the night. The bigger the kid, the bigger the worries.

And yet, every mom I know says it’s the most rewarding job they have ever had. When your child tells you you’re the best mom in the world, it pretty makes up for any struggles you’ve had in your day.

However you decide to honor the mom(s) in your life this Mother’s Day, know that the best thing you can do is to tell them why they are special to you. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms – we think you’re awesome.