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“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
We were all raised with different types of mothers. Some of them are strong, some are funny, reserved, talkative, and some are idealistic. Nonetheless, if we begin to know her inner self, strengths, and why she reacts as she does, we can begin to understand and appreciate her more.
Given the understanding of four temperaments that was introduced by the Greek physician, Hippocrates (ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE), and some observations from different personality traits and blends, here are the four types of mothers that we can identify with:
- The CHEERFUL mother who makes home fun.
- The PERFECTIONIST mother who keeps home in good order.
- The DECISIVE mother who motivates family into action.
- The PEACE-LOVING mother who makes home calm.
The Cheerful Mother Who Makes Home Fun.
Life is dull without her.
There is never a dull moment when she is around. She makes home fun, lively, and colorful. She is the loudest during meal conversations and tells everyone stories after stories. She chats the most constantly and makes everyone laugh with her good sense of humor.
Every household chore is entertaining. She sings a song while doing laundry. She makes a call and chats with someone while cooking. She plays loud music and dances to the beat while cleaning the house. She is cheerful, full of energy, and sees excitement in each experience.
She is the life of a party. She brings her family to entertainment, parties, fun activities, and invites her friends and neighbors to join them.
She is popular in the neighborhood. She easily makes friends and takes the initiative to start a vivacious dialogue. She is fondly liked by her children’s friends for her fun-loving nature. Her happy disposition draws crowds in the community, provides excitement, and inspires everyone to join a movement or an activity for a cause.
She always brings a positive vibe with her. She prevents humdrum moments. She is a companion in life who turns disaster into humor.
“She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” — Liza Minnelli (on mom Judy Garland)
The Perfectionist Mother Who Keeps Home in Good Order.
Life is chaotic without her.
The home is always in perfect order when she is around. She spends most of her time meticulously organizing things in the kitchen, closet, and drawers. She puts things in neat rows. She folds the clothes wrinkle-free. She plans the family parties or sets the Christmas table with her high standards.
Every household chore is well-planned and organized. She prepares lists, notes, schedules, and reminders for each day, week, and month. She keeps track of details, receipts, expenses, and errands. She constantly evaluates everyone’s assignments and chores.
She inspires her kids to love books, education, arts, and writing. She encourages scholarship, skill enhancement, talent, and highest degree pursuits. She writes them letters and sends them cards.
People find her diligent. She is deep, idealistic, and works tirelessly to achieve her standard of perfection. She analyzes every problem, opportunity, and responsibility. She avoids errors, finds creative solutions, and people trust her work.
Every conversation with her is reflective and purposeful. She sacrifices her own will for her family and finishes what she started as a mom. Her kids rely on her.
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” ― George Washington
The Decisive Mother Who Motivates Family Into Action.
Life is unmotivated without her.
Time is precious when she is around. For her, time is productivity. She is an action woman who never lacks something to do. She is the boss who delegates tasks, taking control over matters.
Every household chore is done right away. She motivates everyone into action. She decides instantly on what to cook, eat, watch, and where to go for groceries and errands.
She teaches her kids to value time and money. She inspires them to establish goals, aim, reach, and succeed. She nurtures them to be independent and self-sufficient like her.
She is known to be a leader in the community. She is strong-willed and goal-oriented. She seeks practical solutions to every problem and excels in emergencies. She always insists on production and thrives on opposition.
She is fearless, determined, and not easily discouraged. Her kids go into every fight with her as backup. She is the confidence, anchor, and backbone of their success.
“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you’. She says, ‘Toughen up, this is the reality we are living in.’” – Lauryn Hill
The Peace-loving Mother Who Makes Home Calm.
Life is restless without her.
A home is a safe place when she is around. She is calm, patient, soft-spoken, and self-effacing. She brings her heart and soul to every moment. She makes sure a home is a safe place for her family. Like the sun, she sheds light and warmth at home.
Every household chore is unhurried. She kindly allows everyone to rest and prepares meals warmheartedly. She is relaxed, easygoing, and well-balanced. She is not in a hurry and keeps things calm around her. She drops everything to spend time with her kids and is present in all their activities.
She is a peacemaker behind the scenes. She is sympathetic, compassionate, and inoffensive. She mediates problems and finds the easy way. She is good under pressure and avoids conflict. She stays calm in the eye of the storm and people find her easy to get along with.
Her kids run to her for comfort. She is a kindhearted mom who listens to her kids’ frustrations and problems. She doesn’t get upset easily when they fail.
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana
She will always be our first and constant love.
Certainly, the mother is the first love who holds and nurtures our inner child. Her nurturing spirit is firmly carved in our souls, providing that sense of identity in our being.
Indeed, one common thing that mothers possess whether she is cheerful, perfectionist, decisive, or peace-loving is unconditional love. She is the only woman who loves us at our best and worst.
Today and every day, we honor her for who she is and appreciate the constant love that she brings to our hearts and homes.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning