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Dear Annie… Much love to moms

Dear Mothers: “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them,” Victor Hugo once said. Happy Mother’s Day!

To everyone for whom this is a difficult holiday, may it land gently, to borrow a phrase from columnist and author Connie Schultz.

Being a loving, tender and caring mom means that your children think you are “mean” at times. But the truth is that teaching discipline to your children will mean they’ll become happier and more well-adjusted adults. Here’s a poem for all those “mean” moms out there who deserve recognition and respect:

“A ‘Mean’ Mother”

A “mean” mother never allows candy or sweets to take the place of a well-balanced meal.

A mean mother insists on knowing where her children are at all times, who their friends are and what they do.

A mean mother breaks the Child Labor Law by making their children work — washing dishes, making beds, learning to cook and doing other cruel and unpleasant chores.

A mean mother makes life miserable for her offspring by insisting that they always tell the truth.

A mean mother produces teenagers who are wiser and more sensible.

A mean mother can smile with secret delight and pride when she hears her own grandchildren call their parents “mean.”

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