What it Really Means to Be a Mom

Photo by: Janoa Taylor
"It's hard to imagine something not having a price-tag, but having a child is the priceless gift for a mom. My daughter is worth more than anything in the entire world, and ... more 
Photo by: Janoa Taylor
"It's hard to imagine something not having a price-tag, but having a child is the priceless gift for a mom. My daughter is worth more than anything in the entire world, and being her mom means having the pleasure of taking the best care of her. Waking up early every morning to feed her, play with her, educate her, and cater to her needs is such a large responsibility that I treasure with my entire being. And just like anything valuable, you don't want to see it go to waste, so I do my best to encourage her, teach her responsibility, and guide her through the journey of life." -- Janoa Taylor
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Wed, May 8, 2013 4:04 PM EDT
So what does it mean to be a mom? It's certainly the sleepless nights, runny noses, and finding the answer to "I'm bored!" But it also means life-changing experiences, unconditional love, providing a safe haven, and a lifelong friendship. As Mother's Day is upon us, we asked Shine readers what it really means to be a mother.


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