5 Characteristics of Great Mothers…and Quotes from Daughters at llyn strong fine art jewelry

The simple definition of the word mother, according to Webster’s Dictionary, means “female parent.” Mater comes from Latin, where it has the meaning “mother.” This meaning is found in such words as: maternal, maternity, matriarch, matricide, matrimony, matrix and matron. 

Mother’s Day was first observed as a holiday in 1908 in Grafton, WV and Philadelphia, PA and then formalized by Congress in 1914.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, May 12th, 2024, let’s reflect on what characteristics most mothers have in common. Whether you refer to your mother as Mom, Mommy, Ma, Mama, Mammy or Mother (or even M❤M) most Mother’s love is different from other loves.

1. To Love (unconditionally)

Being a mother means more than having given birth to a child. It is loving and knowing a soul before you even see it. It is caring for another human being that is completely dependent on you physically and emotionally. A mother’s love is probably one of the purest forms of love.

“As the daughter of a Quaker from Nova Scotia, Alice, my mother, was not often warm and fuzzy, but I knew she was always there for me. She was my ‘Rock’ and my ‘Angel,’ says llyn, both a daughter, a mother and founder (and now CCO) of llyn strong fine art jewelry located at 1322 E. Washington St. in Greenville, SC.

2. To Care (physically and emotionally)

From within the first moments of giving birth, a mother begins the journey of putting another’s needs in front of her own. Caring physically is feeding, changing, and teaching your child how to sleep, play, talk, walk, and discover. Emotional caring is much tougher. As a parent, we want our children to be happy and to have their desires fulfilled, but we also need to think about and care who your child will grow into. Hopefully they will be both caring and independent humans.

According to Sydney Strong, Graduate Gemologist and now owner of llyn strong fine art jewelry, her mother, llyn, “was loving and caring, a great role model and was always present and there for me, even while building her business.”

3. To Correct (discipline and train)

Children are cute and funny, and watching them grow can be extremely rewarding. Allowing a child to have everything they want can lead to many detrimental habits such as obesity, selfishness, irresponsibility, and unreliability. Life can be rough at times and fantastic at others; through discipline and training, mothers can contribute to well-balanced, self-aware adults.

Kate, our CAD-technician and longest employee at llyn strong says, “[her] mother was playful and silly, very creative and always nurturing.”

4. To Encourage (build up and teach)

Encouraging, praising, and imbibing wisdom helps in developing resilient children. Correcting children is crucial when needed, but encouragement gives a child self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. A simple hug or “thank you” after a task well done can go a long way in creating a child’s confidence.

Erin, our Head Goldsmith and stone setter at llyn strong fine art jewelry, calls her mother “MA” and describes her as “goofy, creative, passionate and supportive.”

5. To Connect (being present)

Connecting with an infant is different than with a teenager. Your connection needs to grow with your child. According to The Simple Mamma, “You connect with your children by creating healthy habits, by putting down your phone and starting a conversation, by maintaining authority, which creates a peaceful household, which creates more time to connect with amiable children.”

Faron, our youngest goldsmith and stone setter at llyn strong in Greenville, SC, calls her mother “mom” and she is fun, loving and supportive. Azniv, our newest goldsmith and stone setter, thinks her mom is “really cool” and that she is “wise, creative, a calming presence and a wonderful advisor and confidant.”

Even our intern, Emily, says that she calls her mother “Mom” when asking a question, “Momma” when spending time together and “Mother” when they are joking around. She says she is “loving, silly, goofy and not afraid to be herself.”

Sydney Strong and llyn strong at llyn strong fine art jewelry in Greenville, SC

Treat Your Mom For All She Has Done For You!

At llyn strong fine art jewelry, specializing in custom and unique, one-of-a-kind art jewelry, we certainly have a lot of “Supermoms” to celebrate. Please check out our website at llynstrong.com or stop by our location, 1322 E. Washinton St. in Greenville, SC and let us help you select or create the perfect gift to celebrate and thank your “Supermom”!

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