Instilling in them the values of our faith is important at early ages. Listening to them through adolescence becomes more important than teaching because if you haven't instilled in them at early ages now it's time to listen and get your report card and let them find their way.
While you can, thank your mother, face to face, not face to tombstone after she has passed away. Let her know every day, not just on Mother's Day, what she means to you, what her sacrifices meant to you and how grateful you are for all that she gave up, so you can be all that you are. Even if she was not ideal, made mistakes, exemplified poor choices, or perhaps turned you over to someone else's care, at the very least, she pushed you into this world, so honor her for that.
As I cared for my mother in her senior years, watching a woman who was so eloquent, so well-spoken and so intelligent, to begin to struggle with her memory in knowing who I was, my sadness for her plight was many times overtaken by a sense of repayment. I wanted to show her that, 'After all you've done for me, this is the least I can do for you.' Sadly, many mothers never get the recognition they so rightfully deserve for all of the sacrifices they make.
'Pull yourself together, don't you let this beat you, don't you dare quit.' For every moment of doubt I have ever had, those words always come into my soul and erase my fear, concern or hesitation. They are words I have relied on in times of great discomfort, despair and trouble. But who said those words? Was it a famous politician, a noted thought leader or an ancient philosopher? No. The person who shared those words, calmly, yet firmly into my ear, had a greater impact on me and who I am today, more than a renowned theorist or anyone else. Those words came from my mother.