I have cheerleader pompoms in just about every color. It is my mom-thing to show up with them – to graduations (in school colors), recitals or airports (with your favorite color), weddings (white of course!)… With equal parts embarrassment and pride, my kiddos know I am present and, all out, for them.

Sometimes, on days like today at my house, they turn the tables. I had a thing and my gang was there for me. I got reminders to eat a good breakfast, coffee refills, extra peace to get it done, and check-ins all day. It was a momma paycheck!

Dad? Mom? You know you are doing a great job encouraging when they start encouraging you. There really is no better measure of the effectiveness of your positive influence than when they turn that favor on you. Well done.

They gave me a pep talk.

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