When you look at your mother, what do you see?
Do you see the world’s best chef, a genuine friend, or a great provider? Is she your cheerleader, teacher, and responsible housekeeper?
While all mothers wear many hats, one of the most important roles they play is to give their children nurturing love.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to thank them for all the love and sacrifice they have done and eventually, keep your bond strong!
Coach and Beyond Small Talk host LA Mumar, son of actress Coney Reyes, shares 5 meaningful ways to help you strengthen and improve your relationship with your mother:
1. Keep your relationship God-centered
Oh, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
A God-centered relationship with your mother means Jesus operates between the two of you. You speak and act with God’s love, joy, and kindness. It is a relationship where respect and grace abound.
“At the end of the day, we can have great relationships with one another despite our shortcomings, because we receive God’s love. We can share that love with our moms and with the people around us. I think that’s the most important part,” LA shared.
2. Do your best to understand one another
No one is perfect; people make mistakes – including your mother.
When all is said and done, you have the choice to forgive. Try to understand why they do what they do. Ask God to give you the power to see right through any differences and see your mother through the lens of love.
LA agrees, “Let’s have a deeper understanding of one another, let’s understand both ways. I am a son, and I am also a parent. Let’s love our parents and understand what they are going through.”
3. Communicate with each other
Good communication with your mother entails more than just talking. It is knowing when to talk when to listen, as well as what to say and how to say it.
Family Education suggests some points to keep in mind the next time you chat with your mom: respect her privacy and boundaries, listen objectively, and do not interrupt or use words that are accusatory.
4. Make a continuous effort to strengthen your relationship
As LA succinctly puts it, “Of course, this is a two-way street.”
Sometimes, it is not a lack of love that ruins relationships but a lack of effort. Thankfully, there are many ways to strengthen parent-child relationships, which means there are many ways to show constant love and appreciation to your mother!
5. Pray for God’s grace and strength to sustain you
The flesh and heart may fail, but God’s sustaining grace will hold you together.
This piece of truth comes in handy when you want to strengthen your relationship with your mother. Seek God and ask Him to give you a mouth that speaks life, hands that are gracious to comfort, and a heart that loves unconditionally.
“With the grace and strength God has given us, I am sure, relationships can flourish,” LA said.
Watch out for more inspiring content from Beyond Small Talk this June!