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For my children: A Mothers Wishlist

Updated on May 14, 2015

Hopes and Dreams For My Children

I'm sure every mother has a list like this stored somewhere in the back of her mind. We all have hopes, dreams and aspirations for our children. We all have things we wish for them.

My wishlist for my children may be a little different, but I think if it all came true, my kids would grow up to be happy well-rounded adults.

This is for my children. I hope each one reads it and understands the life lessons behind each wish, hope and dream.

I wish

that I could take away your pain, but since I know that feeling pain is part of growing up, I'll wish instead that when the time comes, you let me comfort you.

I hope...

that you don't always listen to me. Yes, this is a strange hope. But I want you to learn to make your own decisions. I want you to learn about consequences...about cause and effect. So that, in the future, you'll be more apt to think about your actions and the effects they might have on yourself and others.

I hope you never get too old for a hug!

I hope you never get too old for a hug!
I hope you never get too old for a hug!

I wish

that we will always be best friends. I know there will come a time when you won't want to talk to me because you think I won't understand. That's okay. I'll be waiting with open ears when you finally realize that I was once a teenager too.

I hope...

that when someone tells you no, you try it anyway. Let me tell you why.

When you were little, you didn't always listen. I would have to tell you "no" 3 or 4 times before you finally quit whatever you were doing. Meanwhile, I had a friend who's kid was perfect. If he was told "No" just one time, he quit whatever he was doing and apologized. I can't tell you how jealous I was. Then one day I was talking with your Grandpa. I told him how frustrated I was that you didn't listen. I told him that I wished you were more like my friends kid. Do you know what he said to me?

"When your friends kid grows up, someone is going to tell him he can't be a doctor, or a pilot or an architect. And he's going to believe that person and give up. But if someone were to tell your kid that he can't be a doctor, or a pilot or an architect, your kids would give him the finger and then try twice as hard to prove him wrong."

So go ahead and try again the next time someone tells you no. You might end up grounded, but you could also end up a doctor.

I hope you always put family first

I hope you always put family first
I hope you always put family first

I wish you would clean your room!

I wish

that you will always be in good health. But if, God forbid, something should happen, I will always be there with you. You are a strong person and I know together we can get through anything.

I hope...

you never give up. Life is going to throw you some curve balls every now and then. Sometimes you may feel like it can't get any worse. It's during these times that you need to persevere. Do what you have to do to make it through the hard times because happier times are just around the corner.

I hope you never stop goofing around!

I hope you never stop goofing around!
I hope you never stop goofing around!

I wish

that you will always have the courage to be yourself. Have your own opinions, your own ideas, your own way of doing things. Be strong and stay true to who you are. Don't let anyone compromise the values and beliefs that you hold dear.

I hope...

you will always remember just how much you've helped me. My life changed the second you were born. You taught me to love unconditionally. You taught me to have patience. You taught me to have fun. You showed me what true courage and strength are. And for that, I'm saying thank you.

I hope you always have sweet dreams

I hope you always have sweet dreams
I hope you always have sweet dreams

I wish

that you will learn from your mistakes. There's no shame in making a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. What matters is that you take a good look at that experience and figure out how not to repeat it.

I hope...

you take every opportunity life gives you. If you get the chance to try something new, don't even think twice about it. Just do it. I want you to experience all the things I never did. Just make sure to take plenty pictures so I can brag to all my friends.

I wish you would have stayed a child for just a little while longer

I wish you would have stayed a child for just a little while longer
I wish you would have stayed a child for just a little while longer

And one last thing I want you to know


— Mom

© 2011 Othercatt

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      lisa-flick-92 4 years ago

      I love this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tears to my eyes! love this... you are an amazing mommy!

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      coco-jo 6 years ago

      you are a great mother~

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, got all teary when reading through! :)

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      purpleclouds 6 years ago

      This is the most beautiful lens ever! well done! ;)

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      AshAffiches 6 years ago

      Awwww. It's so sweet! lovely lens

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      arunadavis 6 years ago

      Oh how inspired me today!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I loved it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is such a beautiful tribute to your children. I love it!

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      sherridan 6 years ago

      Fab! I can relate to all this, especially about admiring a strong-willed stubborn streak and an ability to say 'No' !

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      got me emotional :) so sweet!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness! This is one of the most precious things I have ever read!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just lovely. You`ve touched a mother`s heart.

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      megabu717 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. May your children be always happy. Congrats for purple star.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, lot a love to your children, I have a boy baby also, wanna to make a list for him.


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      Holysheepskin LM 6 years ago

      Lovely tribute to your children. It all goes by so quickly so we really must cheish each and every moment. I have 3 boys and my oldest is now 21 but I swear it was like one night he went to bed, when he woke he was 6 feet tall and needed a shave!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 6 years ago

      LOve your lens....

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      I think you read my mind! And, with my kids being older, I have to sit back and say -- They are perfect -- flaws and all.

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What a beautiful lens, hope all comes true for you, angel blessed!

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      Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

      I've often thought about doing a page for my kids too. Wonderful execution of a great idea!

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      Go-Shopping 6 years ago

      Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful thoughts and may your hopes and wishes come true!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Great lens - blessed by a travelling angel.

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Here's hoping and wishing that your hopes and wishes will surely come true :)

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      sweet as can be:)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So sweet! A nice little love lens for your kids.

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      bkarsono 6 years ago

      Great great lens. This reminds me of me. I have 2 kids of my own. I raised them almost like your story here. Today they're 14 and 18 and they appreciate me. I told them that I did all that because I owed it to them. When they grow up and have their own kids, they too will owe the love and the kind principles to their kids. I love the way YOU see this life. I wish I knew you in person.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      This lens is really lovely! Full of optimism and joy, thanks for sharing :)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Lovely wishlist - your children are gonna be just fine!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      An awesome Mother's Day lens full of wonderful wishes, hopes, and dreams for your children. I hope they read and listen to your wisdom.

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      Christine Hulme 6 years ago from SE Kent, England

      What a lovely lens- how great to write down such positive thoughts about our children!

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      RMKK-Marlene 6 years ago

      Sweet! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      What a sweet lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is so sweet and heart warming, what a blessing those children are.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland


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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Very very nicely stated. I could feel myself nodding at each of your sentiments....and as Susanna said, a true mothers wishlist :) They grow so fast...and they will indeed know that you care when they need it the most :)

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      I don't know what to say (unusually), but what an absolutely lovely lens!!!!! So touching and what wonderful hopes and wishes

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Lovely. I had tears in my eyes. A true Mother's Wishlist

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      MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

      Beautiful! You pulled me right in!

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      WOW what a beautiful lens you've written here. I just know your kids will be so proud of you when they read it one day (and fully understand). Thank you Othercat for sharing your wishes.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Lovely lens, your wish list.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      This is a great record of your desires for your children. The love you feel for your children shines through this entire lens.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is so lovely!

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      sdtechteacher 6 years ago

      Just wonderful! Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Beautifully written!

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      careermom 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great list of hopes and wishes for your children. Beautiful lens.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      I wish my daughter knew enough English to read this lens xD

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      What a special mother you are...your child(ren) are blessed to have you as their Mom!

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Wise words, beautiful thoughts and dreams for your children. You gave me a huge smile thinking of all the dreams and wishes I have for my own child.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Being a mom is not easy, loving somebody so much is scary. We can just hope and wish.

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      GoAceNate LM 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! Made me a little bit sad because I know what your saying. I hope my girls only have sweet dreams to. :)

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Wonderful thoughts and insights for your child to grow up with. Great job.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      Every night I pray that my children and grandchildren will grow to be healthy, happy, wise, and good Christians.

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      What a wonderful lens! A very nice tribute to motherhood and allowing kids to grow up in their own way.

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: That little talk with my Dad completely changed my view about the definition of "good kids" and "bad kids".

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: That little talk with my Dad completely changed my view about the definition of "good kids" and "bad kids".

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      chicagoheather 6 years ago

      This post brought me to tears. Just lovely!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Thank for the reminders of what it means to be a mother. Having hopes, wishes and dreams for your children, but knowing when to let them soar on their own. Very well done on this lens!

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      This is wonderful. That quote from your grandpa is perfect - I wish I had been told that when I was a kid. Maybe my life might be different today. But not too different.