Six Titles for Mother: A Family Project

Red Roses (one for each title).  Photo by Aussiegal
Red Roses (one for each title). Photo by Aussiegal | Source

“One who bears the sweetest name,” states the popular little verse in its tribute to a mother; and that fact is universally agreed upon.

Still, other words beside “mother” come to mind when we think of the mother figure in our lives. From her first embrace we experienced love, joy, nurture and protection beyond our ability to express.

Years later, even with our excellent communication skills, we still struggle to select the right titles to describe a mother’s influence in our lives.

However, it is worth a try.

Family Project

What if, as a tribute to our mother, we selected six words each beginning with the letters which spell M-O-T-H-E-R to guide our focus concerning her contribution to our lives? Make it a family project.

In a family of two or more children, letters can be assigned; or if the children are talented speakers or writers, each child can select six words and compose his or her own six-title tribute. Of course the only child has to do it all—a payoff for the advantage of receiving all the love.

Below are several possibilities of good titles for each letter, and each child can select the word which jumps out as appropriate for the description of his or her mother—not necessarily describing her life’s occupation, but describing the role she played in the household. Different households may prefer different words, but here are a few examples of titles.

------My Selected Titles------







Sample Titles

M -- Manager, Mediator, Medic, Mentor, Minister, Model

O—Observer, Officer, One-liner, Organizer, Outrider, Overseer

T—Teacher, Technician, Theologian, Timekeeper, Toymaker, Trader

H—Hairdresser, Handywoman, Healer, Heroine, Home-Maker, Hostess

E—Educator, Economist, Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Evangelist, Explorer

R—Reader, Recruiter, Referee, Renovator, Repairer, Restaurateur

Below is my sample tribute. There are Bible verses included for additional inspiration, but that’s optional. Yours could be done in all poetry or all prose; one line, two lines or more under each title. Stamp it with your own creativity.

However, if for any reason, you have difficulty completing your tribute, feel free to use any part or all of mine; mothers are very similar. However it turns out, make your mother figure smile with pride for having you call her Mother.

Motherhood (oil on canvas) by Elin Danielson-Gambogi
Motherhood (oil on canvas) by Elin Danielson-Gambogi | Source

Sample Tribute with Six Titles

(1) M for Model

Guide . . . women into lives of reverence so they end up as . . . models of goodness (Titus 2: 3).

Forever etched in my mind, is the image of my model-mother walking life’s runway with confidence and grace.

She has worn garments designed by “strength and dignity,” “hard work,” “perseverance under pressure” and “trust in God.” Her strides display determination and hope; her upper body features long arms and hands extended in helpfulness and generosity.

She models to me the sense of responsibility, the importance of family, and the joy of living a life of faith and prayer. Now I try to duplicate major aspects of her model for my own benefit, as well as the benefit of my daughter.

(2) O for Organizer

She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day (Proverbs 31: 15).

At first, there was not much to organize, but organizing the little we had, was important to my mother. The grocery list was prepared according to the meals for the week ahead. Each household item had its assigned place. School clothes were for school, not for playtime after school. Church clothes had to be laid out by sunset on the previous day. That sense of order and preparation in advance transfers into our more complicated lives. Last minute rushes still make me uncomfortable, and they always remind me of the value of the organizational skills I learned from my mother.

(3) T for Teacher

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness (Proverbs 31:26 NLT).

My mother, like so many others without the privilege of academic achievements, taught the basic life skills. Even if we learn some theories on behavior in the classroom, it takes the keen interest of a caring mother to enforce the practice. We take the lessons they taught us for granted until we meet people who are socially or morally handicapped for the lack of training in basics like personal hygiene, good manners, self-respect and respect for others. These good traits give us the edge in the adult world. We did not develop them on our own. Our mothers taught us.

Nigerian mothers washing in the Niger.  Caribbean mothers also washed in the river.  Photo by Ferdinand Reus
Nigerian mothers washing in the Niger. Caribbean mothers also washed in the river. Photo by Ferdinand Reus | Source

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(4) H for Home-Maker

She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking (Proverbs 31: 19).

Not only did my mother keep a good home, she taught me how. Gradually she assigned me cooking responsibilities; having me start or help when she said she had something else to do. I still remember how she praised me the first time I pressed my school uniform, not realizing until later that she tricked me into doing it for the praise. Our house was always a little clean spot and visitors said so. My mother was always creative and until very recently, belonged to a Golden Age Club for seniors where they made crafts for display in their homes.

(5) E for Economist

She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden (Proverbs 31: 16).

Growing up, it baffled me whenever my mother said, “I don’t have any money,” only to have her give me money for a school project on that same day. My daughter, who is much braver than I was, called me on the same discrepancy. I had learned from my mother how to put aside a few dollars for specific home and family projects, when it is necessary to spend, and when to declare a cut on spending. There is a mother’s brand of economics which teaches control spending. Left to our old-fashioned mothers, we would have no credit card debt.

(6) R for Repairer

God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created Mothers (Jewish Proverb).

Mothers are gifted to heal, repair and restore--everything from broken toys, to split skirts, to broken hearts. Mothers can sense the brokenness before the children voice it. In response, they know the right question to ask. They know the right line or verse to quote. They know how to share hope out of their own experiences. If my mother couldn’t fix it, she knew how to pray about it. She knew how to encourage and how to offer a better perspective. Mothers are always on stand-by in this role. They remain nurturers and repairers as long as they are able.

Scripture quotations in this article are from the Message Translation unless noted otherwise.

© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Comments 36 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

A beautiful tribute for sure, and your words are true in describing good mothers.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, billybuc. Everyone deserves the experience of a happy, healthy child relationship; and every mother deserves a good tribute.

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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning precious little sister.

Oh how wise your words are.

I believe too many in the world have forgotten what a real family is.

God bless you with being a beautiful woman.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks for the blessing, Teacher Joe. Hopefully, as Mothers Day approaches, family ties will be remembered and appreciated.

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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

Good ideas-- it shows that someone put some personal thought into an expression of appreciation.

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grand old lady 3 years ago from Philippines

What a lovely tribute to your mom. She must have been a wonderful, loving woman:)

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Grand Old Lady, thanks for your comment. My tribute expresses how I truly feel about my mother.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Rochelle. It feels good when we take time to show appreciation, and if anyone deserves it, it's our mother.

Vickiw 3 years ago

That is a lovely tribute to mothers! If only they could all fulfil those roles, so that their children could all think of them in this way. It is like a lovely blueprint for mothers-to-be, and mothers everywhere. Thank you for writing this.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Vickiw, I started to apologize to those who did not have happy mother-daughter relationships, but I stopped because it could be an article in itself. But like you, I wish all others would do the right thing! Thanks for your comment.

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you so much for this.I enjoy positive memories of mother as mine could have done much better.

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shofarcall 3 years ago

Ms Dora,

We can always rely on you to come up with something quite unique and refreshing/restoring in our human relationships. So good to have such wonderful recollections of your mum. I pray my children and yours have that of us too. God Bless

dellea 3 years ago

Excellent idea and a nice tribute!

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avneet sidhu 3 years ago from Chandigarh

Wow! It's amazing MsDora, you best described the word - MOTHER and I just loved it. Mother is God to everyone and nobody can ever compete her. She is soul to her kids and spread love without any demand.. I salute your thoughts...... Great Hub...Voted up!!!

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

MsDora you come up with the most clever hubs.. I think of my mother in exactly these roles.. and sometimes growing up my father was a mutha..opps watch my mouth LOL once a again.. fantastic...

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, comments coming from a creator like you, mean very much to me. Thanks for your encouragement. I'll see what I can do about father (smile).

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Avneet, thank you very much for your kind comments. Happy that you are among those who had great experiences with your mother.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Dellea, glad you like the tribute. Just want to start the ball rolling with Mothers Day so close.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Shofarcall, you express my thoughts exactly about your kids and mine. I pray that our prayers come true.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mhatter, I would like to apologize on behalf of all the moms who could have done better. Hope life has compensated you with other good relationships.

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drmiddlebrook 3 years ago from Texas, USA

Simply awesome, MsDora. Inspiring.

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manatita44 3 years ago from london

Cute, creative and original. Some inspired thoughts here. Voted up!!!

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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

MsDora, it is really inspiring. It is wonderful, just like Moms. Thank you for sharing.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Dr. Middlebrook, glad you find the article inspiring. Thanks for your kind comment.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, thanks for the votes. I always appreciate your kind comments.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Agapsikap, I've seen your Mother's Day Projects. "Wonderful" from you means very much to me. Thanks.

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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello msdora.

Admirable! The attributes you've ascribed is that of my Mother . You're makings a powerful statement , ' we still struggle to select the right titles to describe a mother's influence in our lives." Won't be possible in human wocabulary to describe GODLY mom's influence without experiencing long- life walk with the God. Mother's heart with all her share and care is next to the loving heart of the God. ( don't even try to compare to any of " I- love- you "- human king of love.) Sister, you've done such a superb presentation, bringing tears in my eyes when thinking of my Mather. ( It was during the wartime in my native country, when ABSOLUTELY nothing you could purchased, not even sugar or salt. Our parents worked on a farm, producing, raising everything we needed to survive . My mother cooked and baked every day fresh meals for us not out of , 'scratch ' but of basics home- made supplies.)

There is a saying in Slovak language " where God can't be present, He sends a mother." What a generation!

Voting up and awesome.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, so happy that you found the article touching. You're so right about Mother's influence being impossible to describe. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Awesome and I can only agree with your description of each word which makes up the word mother.

Voted up.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, thanks for your affirmation and your vote. Glad you like my words and descriptions.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great hub and you put all thoughts into this informative and useful hub. Well done on writing such a title.

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CatherineGiordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

What a clever idea. Yu always do hubs with so much love in them. I can feel the warmth. Happy Mother's Day to you.

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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Devika, thanks for your kind comment. Celebrating our mothers deserves all the effort we can afford.

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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Cathereine, your comment is so kind and encouraging. Thank you.

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yecall 7 months ago from California

very creative idea Ms. Dora and right in time for Mother's Day.

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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

YeCall, thanks for your encouraging comment.

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