Have unending patience.
An open heart and mind
Know when to bite their tounges
Know when to give a hug
Wish the day had more than 24 hours
Would like their teenagers to always take their advice
Wish they could hold onto little hands just one more time
Accept their children for who they are, no matter what
Remember how hard it is to be young
Get up early to make sticky apple buns when they come for the holidays
Don't cry when they leave, at least not until they've driven out of view and you've closed the door.
Give their children wings.
Know when to let them fly.
I know a lot of mums (Sheri, Sonya, Connie) read this blog, so if you are a mum consider yourself tagged. Let me know when I can read your Thirteen Real Mum suggestions on your blogs.
ps - If you have never read the wonderful children's author Bob Munsch, (who lives in my home town of Guelph, Ontario), please do. When our son was little we used to go and see Bob at live performances of his books. If you are a real mum his book "Love You Forever" will make you cry. You can listen to it here, for free.